Successful LPAs in track one will join the existing Open Digital Planning project teams to co-design and deliver new, open source software – PlanX and BOPS. ‘These LPAs will learn how to develop user centred software in an agile way, and to deliver working software to residents and council officers at regular intervals.
The successful LPAs are:
- Birmingham City Council
- Canterbury City Council
- Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
- London Borough of Barnet
The following Local Planning Authorities will join the Open Digital Planning Project to implement the PlanX ‘Find Out If You Need Planning Permission’ service, and the PlanX Application services.
They will work with their existing supplier, Idox, to develop and test integrations between PlanX and their Idox Uniform back office system used by their planning services to process applications. They will also begin the implementation of a new data standard for planning applications:
- Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
- West Berkshire Council
- Tewkesbury Borough Council
- Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
St Albans City and District Council will join the Open Digital Planning Project to implement the PlanX ‘Find Out If You Need Planning Permission’ service, and the PlanX Application services. They will work with their exisitng supplier, Agile Applications, to develop and test integrations between PlanX and the Agile Applications back office AI Validation tool used by their planning service.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council will join the Open Digital Planning Project to implement the BOPS service. They will work with the Planning Portal to develop and test integrations between the Portal and BOPS, and to begin the implementation of a new data standard for planning applications.
Liverpool Council and DLUHC’s DELTA team will be working together on an extensive piece of discovery work to build up an emerging picture of the problem and opportunity for reporting planning statistical data to Central Government. We will do this by understanding the problem from multiple perspectives beyond Liverpool including other Local Planning Authorities nationally.
Dover District Council, working with ESRI UK, will develop a tool to enable local authorities’ spatial data to be included in the National Planning Map. This will enable planning constraints information to be returned as part of the online planning application process, improving the accuracy of the application process for applicants and local authorities.
The London Borough of Redbridge’s goal is to improve the quality of planning application data received by their systems, enabling us to streamline and automate their manual processes. They will be working with Agile Applications and the Planning Portal to improve APIs between their systems; these improvements can then be shared with Local Authorities using the same systems.
Salford City Council will build open APIs between 3 systems so that information collected by the validation system (Agile Applications), can pre-populate the back-office system (Arcus Global) and provide access to the plan assessment system (Objective Trapeze). They aim to make data in applications more available and easier to be used and consumed by other systems.
Dorset Council aims to reduce invalid planning applications by providing better upfront information to applicants about their specific validation requirements. Working with DEF Software and the Planning Portal, they will implement a digital red-lining tool and improve data transfer using their biodiversity checklist to pilot a process designed around users’ needs.
Wirral Council will develop an API with their existing supplier Idox to enable using Microsoft Power BI for the production of planning reporting improvements from data stored in Idox Cloud services.
London Borough of Waltham Forest will continue to develop a front–end monitoring tool (called BuildUp) used in their Building Control service, which enables users to find information about the status of housing development. They will develop APIs to feed data into the tool and the exported data will enable the adoption of the solution by LPAs using the same back-office systems.
North Somerset Council aims to reduce the number invalid householder planning applications by creating an intelligent online form, linked to our data, that tells applicants exactly what documents they need to include with their planning application. We will work with the Planning Portal to roll out this functionality to their application forms, so that all LPAs can benefit.
North Lincolnshire Council will build a modern API to connect their application submission supplier (Planning Portal) to their existing back office case management solution (Arcus Global Built Environment). This will enable improvements to be made on demand from both suppliers without major impact, and an improved potential two-way data feed to enhance user experience and improve data sharing.