The London Development Database Automation Project will streamline how planning application data travels from applicants, through London’s 35 local planning authorities (LPAs), to City Hall, and out to the public:
Our ambition is to create a ‘live hub’ of planning and development information, accessible to all Londoners by reforming the information we collect and the way we collect it. We will request the data we need for monitoring up front, on the initial planning application. This data will pass seamlessly into authorities’ improved back-office systems, where planners will verify it, and then automatically out of those systems to City Hall and onto a public website.
This automation should reduce borough workloads, allowing data to travel easily between systems rather than requiring officers to manually populate the London Development Database (LDD) by locating information that’s buried in supporting documents, as often occurs now. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Local Digital Fund is supporting the project. You can read more about next steps and timelines here.