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Happy New Year!

by on January 12, 2017

A belated happy new year to you all!  Is it just me, or is Christmas already a distant memory?!

As anticipated, things quietened down over the festive period, but as always planning applications continued to go in every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day which saw 21, 54 and 131 applications respectively!

I’m kicking off the year with a couple of announcements about strategic partnerships which we finalised just before Christmas.  Our mission is to continue to transform planning and building, but we recognise that the best way to do this is by working in partnership with other strong, credible organisations who share our values and aspirations.

Last year, I mentioned that we had formed a partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and were now promoting the jobs vacancies from their official magazine, The Planner on our site.  If you are looking for a new challenge or looking to recruit, you can take a look at it here. We’re pleased that we’ve recently agreed to extend this partnership to include their extensive and up-to-the minute news coverage in our site too.  So, you can now find all the latest planning news in our site on our revamped pages and our newsletter will still bring you the highlights every week in a neat digestible package.

Also just before Christmas we were pleased to enter a strategic partnership with LABC, the not-for-profit organisation which represents local authority building control teams across England and Wales.  We look forward to working closely with them to enhance our existing building control content, advice and guidance, as well as our application service.  Anyone wishing to make a building control application can do so here.  Any building control body not yet signed up to receive applications via the service should contact the Portal Account Manager in their area.

It’s going to be a busy year, we’re working hard on enhancements to both the planning and building control application services, as well as other innovative products and services which will help to transform planning and building.  I’ll post more here as those things move on, but in the meantime it just remains for me to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.


  1. Hi
    Happy new year to you all.

    I know its been gone over before many times but the payment section of the planning application area is still an issue. Some of our clients like to pay themselves direct online to the LA, they do this from their own workplaces or homes so we give them the pp reference and they pay the LA and let us know we then submit the application. We have to fudge it and say that the payment is by cheque as the payment online button does not work in this situation. Why not just have another button that says payment made by LA online payment system or BACS. The La would be notified and look out for the payment just as they do with the payment by cheque button.
    Seems a simple solution or evene change the payment by cheque button to Payment by cheque , BACS of LA online system.

    Hope this helps

    Mark Kennett ( a pleased, but sometimes frustrated, PP used )

    • sarahchilcott permalink

      Thanks for the comment Mark. We are just looking at a change to simplify the applicant paying directly, so this is timely. The plan is to introduce something in the first half of this year, but as soon as I know what and when I will share it. Sarah

  2. Hi Thanks for this latest PP News, Very good progress is being made as regards to application process but its something the LAs also must make some innovations as regards to the actual design changes (Modifications or extensions) to the these lands and buildings with some basic changes by involving the council staff (Giving the Existing plans) the details and the limitations that would incur at the earliest to reduce unwanted expense to the greedy Architects and LAs.Mark made a very good comment .Thanks

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