Wandsworth included in pilot scheme to make planning system more accessible

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The council has been chosen to take part in a Government trial scheme designed to make the planning system more accessible and informative.

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Wandsworth is one of 13 councils in England - including only three in London - to have been selected by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to pilot new digital initiatives to make the planning process more open and accessible and boost public engagement.

The pilots, which will run until March 2022, will “inform the Government’s work to modernise the planning system, establish best practice and identify where further digital guidance and innovations are needed”.

The Department says the initiatives “are also aimed at encouraging groups typically underrepresented in planning decisions – like renters, young people and those from black and ethnic minority communities – to make their voices heard on planning issues”.

Wandsworth’s allocation of £30,000 will fund initiatives to improve the clarity, communication and accessibility of the borough’s Local Plan and local planning policy.

Unveiling the scheme Housing Minister Christopher Pincher said: “We want to use digital technology to make the planning system fit for the 21st century and empower people from all backgrounds to get involved in decisions that impact their communities.”

The PropTech Engagement Fund was launched in August 2021. Planning authorities were invited to submit bids to run pilots to boost engagement in Local Plan consultations, better publicise proposed developments, or to analyse consultation responses.