info_url for planning application with multiple URLs

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PuZZleDucK

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Nov 30, 2015, 4:05:21 PM11/30/15
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Hi all,
   Just writing a scraper for "http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/building-planning-and-infrastructure/town-planning/current-development-applications/" and there is at least one application with the same council reference on multiple documents. The code just takes the first and skips the rest (shouldn't need it but for reference code is here: https://github.com/PuZZleDucK/BurdekinShire_DAs).
   Is there a way to store extra, auxiliary urls? the info_url field just seems to be a string, Can I join a few together with a separator somehow? or a comments field?
~~ Ben

Luke Bacon

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Dec 1, 2015, 12:14:56 AM12/1/15
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Hi Ben,

The info_url field needs to be a single url. See https://www.planningalerts.org.au/how_to_write_a_scraper .
That data gets used for the 'Read more information' link on applications in PlanningAlerts.

It's very annoying that the council are publishing a list of documents relating to development applications, rather than a list of applications :(

I think the best thing to do is use the page with the list of documents/applications as the info url, e.g. http://www.burdekin.qld.gov.au/building-planning-and-infrastructure/town-planning/current-development-applications/

That way when someone gets an alert and they click the 'read more' link, they should be able to find the series of documents relating to the application they're interested in if they are available.
Better than nothing.

How does that sound?

Thanks for this great contribution by the way :) Almost 20,000 people live up there are can start getting PlanningAlerts when this is done.

Luke

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Luke Bacon
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