The aim of the new datahub is to make it easier for planning authorities to collect and share data through the new database.
On 16 November 2020, changes were made to the Planning Portal in respect of planning applications submitted for development in London.
The aim of this datahub is to make it easier for planning authorities to collect and share data through the new database.
The changes require the submission of additional information on matters including; energy & environmental requirements, intended commencement date, type of residential units proposed, vehicle parking and water management.
The changes are part of a wider drive to unlock data about development in London, with the data being intended to be used to monitor the impact of the London Plan and borough to better plan and monitor in the future.
David Jones, Head of Planning at Evans Jones commented:
"Given that London usually takes the lead in planning matters, it is expected that the additional information required in London will ripple out to other districts and boroughs across the country over the coming months and years.
The information required to be submitted to support a planning application has grown exponentially in the last 20 years, increasing both the time and cost to applicants. In practice it is often the case that under-resourced local authorities frequently delegate application registration to non-qualified junior staff. The validation of applications then becomes a tick-box exercise lacking proportionality and practically”.
Careful consideration of application validation requirements is however required prior to submission, making it ever more important that applicants utilise consultants who are familiar with the London validation requirements.
David Jones is MD/Head of Planning at Evans Jones Ltd. If you would like any further information on this article or other planning matters, contact David on 0800 0014090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org