PropTech Engagement Fund

Supporting the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process.

Applications to this round of the PropTech Engagement Fund are now closed.

The Planning for the Future White Paper set out a vision to increase the use of digital engagement within the planning process, to make the planning system more accountable and democratic by offering alternative routes to engage alongside traditional forms of engagement.   

In August 2021, MHCLG launched a PropTech Engagement Fund to support the widespread adoption of digital citizen engagement tools and services within the planning process. Council-led funded projects will enable us to better understand the barriers to be overcome to allow local authorities to adopt these tools at scale.

Documents and links

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About the PropTech Engagement Fund

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an expression of interest to the fund. We are currently reviewing your applications and the successful applicants will be announced in early October 2021.

The programme intends to fund up to 12 projects that address one of four themes. Expressions of Interest are open to Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and each project can bid for up to £100,000 of funding.

Scope

The PropTech Engagement Fund will begin with engagement around the plan-making process and development management, two key areas of consultation where digital can help broaden the range of voices and views being heard. We recognise there is an emerging market offering digital citizen engagement tools and services; our approach is to foster and steer these existing market offerings and accelerate adoption.   

Each of the funded LPAs will procure and test a digital engagement tool or service to address one of the themes specified below. LPAs will be expected to use G-Cloud or Spark DPS for their procurement in order to access a range of suppliers, with support available for Commercial teams to help with the procurement process. 

LPAs will be able to apply to run a digital engagement pilot for one of the four following themes (full details are outlined in the Expression of Interest guidance):

  • Theme 1: Plan-making process: Regulation 18
  • Theme 2: Plan-making process: Regulation 19
  • Theme 3: Development management: Planning Publicity
  • Theme 4: Development management: Managing & analysing responses

Geographical scope

We will aim to test local authorities spread across a range of locations and representative of different contexts in England, including Urban, Rural, Two-tier, Unitary and Joint Plan areas.  

How to apply

Applications to the PropTech Engagement Fund are now closed. If you have any questions about this fund or future funding opportunities, please email DigitalPlanningTeam@communities.gov.uk.

Timeline

3 August

Expression of Interest process launch

16 August

Q&A event registration closes

18 August

Expression of Interest Q&A with councils  

31 August

Submissions due 

1 - 17 September

Selection process 

Early October

Notification and appointment of LPAs