Important news about Supporting Documents
I wrote to you recently about our decision to archive supporting documents on planning applications submitted more than five years ago. We’re going a step further with this in late July.
Over 1,000 applications are submitted to the Planning Portal every working day – this puts significant strain on our system storage.
If our system storage reaches capacity, and we don’t free up space, it will not be possible for new applications to be submitted to local planning authorities via the Portal.
So we’re introducing a new data archiving policy.
From 23rd July you will only have real-time access to supporting documents for applications made after July 2010.
If you need older Supporting Documents we recommend you download them before that date. To learn more read our FAQ.
This is part of an ongoing process which will see all supporting documents for applications older than 24 months being archived regularly.
‘Archived’ means that we will remove the documents from the online storage facility and store them securely on a hard drive in our offices.
If this causes you a problem and you want to discuss with us how you could continue to access Supporting Documents older than 24 months online (at cost), please contact us.
Just to be clear: we aren’t removing the applications themselves just the supporting documents.
See also previous post on this topic