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DLUHC brings in Made Tech for support in digital planning reforms


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities (DLUHC) has awarded Made Tech two contracts to support the delivery of digital planning reform.

The company has won the deals for digital planning reform delivery partner and for relevant support roles, both to run for one year with values of up to £450,000 and £900,000 respectively.

Both involve supporting DLUHC in three workstreams: the creation of data and standards tools for planning rules to be set as data; the development of new planning software; and digital engagement with citizens. They state a need to supplement existing teams and respond to urgent requests.

This derives from the department’s ongoing programme to modernise the planning process, as laid out in its Planning for the Future white paper.

Earlier project

The awards follow Made Tech’s earlier work, carried out between 2019 and September of this year, in supporting the move to bring the management of the Energy Performance Certificate Register back in-house.

Milan Bogunovic, deputy director digital delivery, planning reform at DLUHC, said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Made Tech and bringing in specialists to help the DLUHC team to deliver a digital first approach to planning.”

In June of this year DLUHC, then the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, took a significant step in the programme with the launch of a £1.1 million fund for councils to test the use of digital tools and data standards.

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