Please note that this Expression of Interest closed on 26 November 2021 and the eight successful councils have been announced.
In November 2021, the Department for Levelling Up, and Housing Communities (DLUHC) launched an Expression of Interest to find 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.
Through the RIPA/BOPS EOI, councils could apply to join the RIPA/BOPS project team to design and implement new development management software. Up to £400,000 of funding was available for the new councils to join the project team to design and begin implementing the RIPA/BOPS products.
Any Local Planning Authorities adopting RIPA/BOPS had to be able to work towards the Adoption Commitments.
A separate EOI was also launched for councils who wish to improve their existing development management software by working with their current service providers.