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Derbyshire County Council migrates to new planning tools

15/10/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

Derbyshire County Council has begun to shift its planning processes to the MasterGov suite of tools designed by DEF Software.

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These include applications for county planning, enforcement and legal arrangements, strategic consultancy, site monitoring and application response.

The system went live in July, under a contract lasting three years with options to extend another two, to replace a legacy system no longer supported when Derbyshire moved to using Office 365. It wanted an integrated back office system that would enable anyone in its planning department to work with an updated Microsoft system.

DEF said the tools will support the council in managing an expected influx of consultations due to the relaxation in planning laws in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

David Arnold, head of planning services at Derbyshire, said: “We are pleased to be working with DEF Software to support us in delivering the objectives of our service plan, to provide a more efficient planning process across all service areas including development management, development plans and strategic planning. We hope the MasterGov suite will help us to improve the service we provide to our clients and Derbyshire residents.” 

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