DDC secures £150,000 funding to improve planning process


DDC has successfully bid for £150,000 from national Government to create software that will improve the online planning service.

The solution will make the planning application process simpler by pulling together more of the information that’s needed all in one place.

Once created, the same software will also be available for other local authorities and national bodies to use.

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is funding 19 councils to lead and take part in digital projects that will encourage quicker planning decisions and improve digital planning software for the submission and processing of planning applications.

Partnering with ESRI, a world leading provider of spatial data software and GIS mapping, DDC’s digital team will develop this new software.

Using ‘spatial data’, the tool will provide a direct link between the online national planning application process and the council’s own database to ensure up-to-date information is used.

This will provide customers with easier access to all the available information that they need before they submit a planning application.

Cllr Chris Vinson, Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change, said: “Following another successful bid from DDC, we are delighted to receive this funding from national Government to enhance the national planning process for residents. This initiative will help save people time and money, and result in better planning applications that are quicker to process. It also means that we can help the other 70% of councils who currently work with ESRI as this software will be freely made available for all.” 

Notes to editors

For funding details: https://dluhcdigital.blog.gov.uk/2023/03/01/dluhc-awards-local-planning-authorities-funding-to-improve-the-digital-services-they-use-for-planning-applications/

Esri specialises in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping: https://www.esriuk.com/en-gb/home


Posted on 10 March 2023

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