New content and a new collaboration for the Portal
I’m pleased to be able to let you know about a brand new service on the Portal and a new kind of collaboration between the Portal and its partners.
As you know, we’ve been in the business of developing useful tools for the planning system for some time.
The interactive guides, volume calculators, fee calculators and carbon calculators (to name a few) have all proved popular with users and there’s always a clamour for more.
Given the financial constraints we’re all facing we needed a new way of fostering innovation and delivering new tools for planning.
So we’ve opened our doors to the wider market to suggest and develop ideas for Portal Useful Tools.
Today, we launch the first of these new-style Useful Tools – a service that lets you Find Local Plans for your area, giving neighbourhoods better access to documents that can help them shape local spaces.
I’d like to congratulate Fusion Ltd – one of the UK’s leading providers of planning policy data – as our first commercial partner to go live with a Useful Tool.
The tool lets you search for local policy documents by LPA or postcode and buy and download what you need quickly and securely.
You can check it out here. Click on ‘Search Documents’ to get started.
Shan Dassanaike, managing director of Fusion Online Ltd, said: “Fusion Online Ltd is proud to be working as Planning Portal’s commercial partner, providing detailed information on adopted and evolving planning policy documents for England and Wales.
“The Planning Portal has demonstrated that like Fusion Online, it is dedicated to supporting both the private and public sectors in negotiating the planning process. I look forward to supplying the Planning Portal’s growing user base with clear and accurate data on an ever increasing number of planning policy documents.”
I look forward to announcing some more partner-developed Useful Tools soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in working with us to develop a Useful Tool you can learn more about the process here.