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Celebrating the millionth online planning application – updated

by on February 17, 2012

On Friday, 19th of February at 4.07 o’clock our one millionth online planning application was submitted by a member of the public to Hinckley & Bosworth.

When we launched the Portal we had no idea whether the concept would work but we had a great passion to improve the planning process. Ten years on I believe we’ve made a positive impact.

Many of the original Portal team are still here and while some have moved on all have contributed enormously along the way.

We have always tried to work collaboratively with industry, Government and citizens and held the difficult ground between all three against a shifting political and economic landscape.

I would like to thank everyone that has contributed to this success, from LPAs to agents, architects and housebuilders, home improvers and plansmiths, colleagues, partners and friends.

Particular mention should be made of Graham Saunders who had the original idea for the Portal while at the Planning Inspectorate and to Richard Goodwin who as the Portal’s first director did much to establish the ethos and culture that enabled the team to flourish from the beginning.

Many LPAs helped and supported us along the way but I’d like to say a special thank you to Neil Coleman and Huntingdonshire District Council who were the first to sign up and to Martin Howell and Wandsworth who gave us invaluable help and support.

Here’s to the next million, which we anticipate will take less than three years.

Finally, a round up of the statistics. One million online planning applications has:

* Saved UK businesses and local authorities in the region of £285m
* Saved 32,000,000 pieces of paper (64,000 reams)
* Saved more than 8,000 tonnes of CO2

  1. and the winner was??!

    • PortalDirector permalink

      Ah if only it were so simple.
      I expect to know very soon but I’ll need permission from the LPA and Agent before I can publish.

  2. simon dickerson permalink

    Hi Chris and the team

    Congratulations on the one millionth application via the Planning Portal

    As you are aware we at Anglian Home Improvements have always used the Portal in the submission of our planning applications since 2005 and were kindly presented with an award for submitting over 5000 by Stuart Mockford at the Ideal Home Exhibition in 2010

    We will continue and are committed to using the Portal Would you have any further statistics on how many applications we have now submitted and could you tell me out of the millionth application what would be the split/percentages for householder type home improvement applications compared to full applications?


    Simon Dickerson
    Planning & Technical Manager

    • PortalDirector permalink

      Hi Simon,
      Thanks for yours and your colleagues support over the last few years, it’s been invaluable.
      I’ll ask our statto to dig out the information you requested and send it to you asap.

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