The government has announced that it is looking to offload the Planning Portal website
More than 70 per cent of planning applications are currently submitted online through the Planning Portal, which also provides planning guidance and a route to appeal decisions.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is seeking indicative bids and innovative ideas, to ‘help decide the best options for the investment future of the Portal and to improve the website’.
Planning minister Nick Boles said: ‘There is huge potential to take the Planning Portal to the next level and provide a tool for both homeowners and businesses, including generating benefits from the data that it holds.
‘We have built a business that is well run and has a strong brand but now is the time to look for investment for the site to fulfil its full potential. We are committed to improving the Portal and bringing in external expertise is the best way to ensure the site works at its very best in the future’.
The Planning Portal currently receives around 320,000 planning applications each year.