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The Department of Planning, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has unveiled its intention to set up a funding program to support municipalities in improving digital services for filing and evaluating urban planning applications.
He will host an online launch event next week, November 16, for the Planning Software Improvement Fund, where he will provide details on how the £5m available can be used.
It is aimed at municipal planning, transformation and digital teams, as well as service providers for filing planning applications, file management systems and geographic information systems.
The funding will help councils work together to develop services under the Open Digital Planning Project and work with their existing providers.
DLUHC said the move is part of the upgrade and refresh program, which includes a commitment to improve application planning processes.
This is the last step in the modernization program of the DLUHC planning system. In August, it officially launched three digital services: to find out if a building permit is needed and to apply for a legal planning certificate as part of the RIPA project (reduction of invalid planning applications); and back-office scheduling systems (BOPS) for council officers to validate and process legal development certificates.