The Planning Portal is completely restructuring its technical bits that deliver the website services. We have called this the Infrastructure Refreshment Project (or IRP for short).The IRP will enable the Portal to exploit the capabilities of Web 2.0, providing enhancements to the full range of Portal services, stabilising the existing service and enabling a move towards a customisable service.
The new service is set to go live this weekend and the System and User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is complete.
The delivery of this project has been carefully planned to ensure that the effect on Portal customers is minimal. The planning application service will not be available this weekend but access to the Reference Information will be available for most of the time.
This outage while data is moved to the new environment will be the only impact that most existing users will experience (fingers crossed!).