A quick win to help reduce invalid applications and raise a little revenue
Although this blog is intended for everyone, now and again I use it to talk to a particular group, in this case my friends in local planning authorities.
You have told us again and again that the plans attached to applications are a common cause of invalid applications.
We’re working to address this (and generate some revenue to keep the wolf from the door) by asking all of you who do not sell plans or have a preferred supplier to add a link to our Buy a Plan service.
Many already do this and are realising the benefits. However, there are a number of you that don’t sell plans or give details on where users can buy the mandatory site location and block plans needed to support their applications.
Our Buy a Plan service lets users create plans themselves and includes guidance on what needs to be submitted.
Our service links to suppliers whose mapping services have been Portal-accredited and Ordnance Survey-approved, making sure you get the plans you need on submission, saving you time and money.
We’ve sold about 35,000 in the past year so they are clearly doing the job.
Adding a link to our service couldn’t be easier, we’ve created a button (on the right) and a simple quick link http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buyaplan
It will only take a few minutes to add the link to your website and our experience shows that it will help reduce the time you spend dealing with invalid applications.
We have also created the following explanatory text that you can add to your site above the link and button:
Every planning application needs a site location plan and block plan showing the location and boundaries of the site you are planning to work on. You can use the Planning Portal’s ‘Buy a Plan’ service to ensure that you meet our requirements, whether you are a planning professional or first-time applicant.
Click here to “Buy a Plan”
Please also add our guidance document on the plans that need to be submitted with planning applications.
If you are reading this and you’re not from an LPA the message is simple BUY YOUR MAPS FROM THE PORTAL they work, they’re cost effective and it keeps this ship afloat.