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Funding for digital planning services

Major planning system improvement for North East Derbyshire

North East Derbyshire District Council have received £225k of funding (Shared with Bassetlaw and Chesterfield Councils) to improve the way site assessments are conducted in a bid to reduce costs and increase ease of use for residents.

The investment will create a more automated site assessment process which provides simpler, transparent and accessible outputs online for both residents and organisations to view.

It will also make site assessments across the three authorities more consistent and standardised, so that the public can see information on a matching, easy to use dashboard. The technology will be interactive, allowing for greater participation in the planning process.

The funding means assessments of potential development sites for inclusion in a future version of the Local Plan will be more cost effective and quicker for the Council to carry out, due to more automated measures and less manual inputting by Council Officers. The interactive tool will also improve public participation in the site assessment process.

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Steve Pickering said, “We are grateful to receive this funding as we know the planning process can be complex and time consuming for our residents.

The money will help us standardise our assessments for potential development land and mean our residents will be able to use the online dashboard with greater ease and reduces costs for us as an authority.”

You can find out more about the funding on the Government website.

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