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New online planning portal goes live in Scotland

Words: Roger Milne
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Scotland’s new online planning portal went live this week (13 January).

The ePlanning.scot portal is a replacement for ePlanning Scotland and will help secure the long-term future of the ePlanning service.

Although this is a new site with fresh branding, the portal will look and feel familiar to previous users, with a few tweaks and improvements added.

The original portal is still available for the next two months (until 17 March) for users who have existing applications that they still need to complete.

The ePlanning Scotland portal was launched in April 2009 and will be closed in March 2016.

Use of that portal exceeded expectations from the outset. Between launch and 1 January 2016, 127,511 applications and appeals were submitted through the portal.

The predicted percentage of applications and appeals that would be submitted online in the first year was 3 per cent.

The actual number of applications and appeals submitted in the first year was 12 per cent.

The predicted percentage of applications that would be submitted online by year 10 was 63 per cent. In year seven (2015-16) in excess of 70 per cent of applications and appeals are expected to be handled online.

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