WYG proves no application is too large and saves 2.9 tonnes of carbon into the bargain
Note: This article was first published in October 2010. I linked to it again in December 2012 following some posts about the 5MB attachment limit. Although many find this limit a pain it clearly wasn’t an issue with this application. Advice on working with the 5MB limit here.
You may have read that the planning application for the Liverpool Waters project, believed to be the UK’s largest-ever individual application, was lodged recently by WYG on behalf of Peel Land & Property.
You may not be aware that it was submitted via the Planning Portal.
There is still a common misconception that the Portal is only suitable for small applications and that there is a 25MB limit on attachments. This is not true.
There is a 5MB limit on individual files to enable them to pass through LPA firewalls but this is easily overcome as the Liverpool Waters project proves.
The submission file on the Portal includes nearly 1,500 pages of documents together with 57 individual figures and 2,200 pages of appendices.
It is easy to imagine the pallet-loads of paper required had this been submitted manually, not to mention the costs of printing and the subsequent impact on Local Authority resources for inputting and scanning.
In addition to the obvious efficiency benefits to both the applicant and the Local Authority, the online submission process alone has saved 2.9 tonnes of CO2.
We would be delighted to hear of any other interesting uses of our service and invite anyone to contact us for advice or training on how to get the best from online submission.