About this blog
The purpose of the blog is to reach out and engage with users of the Portal service and of the planning system in general.
Posts here will generally be about changes and improvements to the Portal and the planning system.
We hope to use it as a forum for your ideas on what works and what doesn’t work about the service. Please give us your feedback but we won’t publish any comments that criticise any individual, any named business or any local authority. We reserve the right to apply our own judgement to what we do or do not publish and to moderate all or part of any comment that we believe breaks these principles.
Any views expressed by respondents are theirs alone and are not in any way validated or the responsibility of the Planning Portal.
About the Planning Portal
The Planning Portal was launched in 2002 and received its first electronic planning application in April 2003.
By November 2012 over 60 per cent of all planning applications submitted in England and Wales were done so via the Portal.
In April 2008 the Portal completed the 1APP project which wiped away decades of inconsistency in the planning process, replacing locally variable planning application forms with a set of standard national forms.
This achievement was recognised in 2008 when the Portal was singled out by the Government Chief Information Officer as an exemplar in his introduction to the Transformational Government report and the Portal was also awarded the Public Value award at the Whitehall and Westminster World Civil Service Awards.
Increasingly, the Portal has become a primary channel for communicating and implementing key policy issues to stakeholders and users of the system and it is playing a key role readying LPAs and business for economic recovery by ensuring the best use of IT to streamline the planning and building process.
The Planning Portal provides services to citizens and businesses, the broad commercial planning and building sectors and all English and Welsh local planning authorities (LPAs), delivering timely, accurate and accessible information and tools that are helping to demystify planning and building regulations.
In February 2012 the one millionth application was submitted through the Planning Portal.
On Wednesday 11 March 2015, the Planning Portal transferred ownership from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to a joint venture between DCLG and private company TerraQuest.