Councils launch online self-service tool in trial that could make planning system easier

Woman operating digital interactive map
The trial of this online self-service planning tool could forever affect how people apply for planning permission (Image credit: Getty Images)

A trial for an online self-service planning tool has been launched in three local councils that could offer a completely new way of applying for planning permission.

Tewkesbury Council, Camden Council and Berkshire Council have installed a interactive map that allows residents to check whether their proposed project requires planning permission or if it qualifies under permitted development rights.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.