Planning Portal to launch new Building Control Portal

TerraQuest, the operator of Planning Portal, is unveiling a new Building Control Portal, offering new features designed to benefit LABCs, planning agents, designers and developers.

The new building control portal is expected to launch in spring 2024 and will allow applicants to pull information through from existing or approved planning applications to pre-populate elements of building control applications.

The move is a key step in streamlining and digitising the building control application process for all users, creating a single portal that serves as the home of planning and building control, Planning Portal says.

A single sign-on will give users direct access to all their planning and building control applications, while the platform brings with it a host of usability and interface enhancements that will save users time and money, they added.

Diane Dale, CIAT Practice and Technical Director, said:

CIAT has a long standing relationship with Planning Portal and is pleased to support its latest development to make applications easier between planning and building control. It is looking at a more joined up approach which we hope will benefit our members and affiliates.

Geoff Keal, CEO at TerraQuest, said:

Having developed the new Planning Portal, we know the benefits that leading digital products and services bring to end users, whether they are applicants or on the local authority side. We wanted to extend these benefits to building control applicants and LABCs, which is why we have built our new integrated Building Control Portal on our proven KeyChain software platform.

One of the main drivers of this software update is to enable greater agility in adapting to shifts in health and safety legislation, enabling applicants to make compliant submissions more easily. We have in-house policy experts who are constantly striving to ensure our platform is up to date and allows us to serve our overall goal to drive development more quickly.

TerraQuest has cautioned users that existing Planning Portal building control service accounts will not carry over to the new system, and that draft applications will not be transferred. Existing drafts will need to be submitted before the transition to the new system or inputted into the new system when it launches, they say. 

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