26 Oct 2021

Digital planning to help SME housebuilders

Government, via the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), is trialing new digital initiatives in 13 local authorities to make the planning process more accessible and open.

Digital initiatives

  • London Borough of Hounslow will create an online 3D map, helping residents to visualise and comment on proposals.
  • Watford Borough Council will develop a QR code system for residents to view an interactive map and access planning information.
  • Greater Cambridge Shared Planning will use digital technology to capture views outside of the formal consultation process, including social media comments, media articles and blog posts.

Over £1 million of Government funding has been allocated under the PropTech Engagement Fund and as well as making planning more accessible, is seeking to increase local engagement.


Councils to receive funding

  • Dacorum Borough Council – £100,000
  • Chesterfield Borough Council – £100,000
  • Cotswold District Council – £53,193
  • Southampton City Council – £100,000
  • Greater Cambridge – £98,250
  • Stockport Council – £90,000
  • London Borough of Hounslow – £100,000
  • London Borough of Wandsworth – £30,000
  • Dorset Council – £95,000
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham – £100,000
  • Watford Borough Council – £99,975
  • Bolsover District Council – £100,000
  • North Lincolnshire Council – £100,000



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