Please note that this Expression of Interest closed on 26 November 2021.
The Department for Levelling Up, and Housing Communities (DLUHC) is looking for councils who want to explore ways to modernise planning software, so that it supports the vision set out in the Planning for the Future White Paper.
RIPA (Reducing Invalid Planning Applications) and BOPS (Back-Office Planning System) are software products that enhance and simplify the act of making and processing a planning application for applicants and council staff alike.
The RIPA/BOPS EOI is inviting Expressions of Interest from councils who wish to join the RIPA/BOPS project team to design and implement new development management software.
About the RIPA/BOPS EOI
Up to £400,000 of funding is available for circa 5 new councils to join the project team to design and begin implementing the RIPA/BOPS products. We expect up to £300,000 to be used to backfill the cost of council staff who join the project team, and up to £100,000 for identified integration and migration costs.
Local Planning Authorities adopting RIPA/BOPS should be able to work towards the Adoption Commitments, and must read these before applying.
Funding is also available, via a separate EOI, for councils who wish to improve their existing development management software by working with their current service providers.