Made Tech appointed to aid digital planning reform

Made Tech appointed by Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help deliver digital element of planning reform

Posted 20 December 2021 by Christine Horton

Made Tech has been appointed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to support the delivery of digital planning reform. 

The government says it is taking a digital-first approach to modernising the planning process for housing. This covers everything from verifying that local planning authorities use digital tools to supporting a new civic engagement process for local plans. It also includes ensuring that local plans are built on standardised, digitally consumable rules and data, and delivering accessible interactive maps that show what can be built, and where.

The programme has now started, with Made Tech in place to help the department deliver the digital elements of the planning reform. This includes creating data standards and tools that enable planning rules to be set as data, co-creating modern data-driven planning software with councils and the market and digital engagement with citizens. 

“We’ve been thrilled to support DLUHC and its predecessor MHCLG with some complex digital programmes over the years,” said Glen Ocskó, head of local government, Made Tech.

“Our work delivering the new digital service to replace the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register was a watershed moment for MHCLG. For the first time it brought the running of a digital service back in-house and with our support redeveloped it from the ground up. We’re looking forward to repeating the success of these past projects alongside DLUHC to deliver citizens and local government with a planning system fit for the 21st century.”

Milan Bogunovic, deputy director, digital delivery, planning reform, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities added: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Made Tech and bringing in its specialists to help the DLUHC team to deliver a digital first approach to planning.”