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- Project Synthesis for the Transformational Planning Project
- Transformational Planning - Hambleton Council
- Transformational Planning - Leeds Council
- Transformational Planning - East Riding Council
- Fast Implementation of News Systems and Proesses Case Study
- London Councils - Benchmarking for Planners
- Forecasting Planning White Paper
Transforming the Planning Function
ValueAdding.com supported and helped deliver the Transformational Planning Project, which followed on from the National Process Improvement Project (NPIP), with four councils being chosen as pilots to research and develop the employment of industry standard Business Process Improvement techniques in a local planning environment.
The four councils were the London Borough of Lewisham, Leeds City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hambleton District Council and they examined how they process planning applications using process mapping and activity based costing techniques in order to develop a 'transformed' approach.
The pathfinder councils completed their projects against a background of change, both in some of the regulations surrounding the planning process, and in the global financial markets. The figures contained in this report are representative of a 'normal' year, and do not necessarily reflect the downturn in financial markets and housing applications which were seen towards the end of the pathfinder projects. This should not however detract from the lessons learnt and the potential savings which can be delivered.
The scope of the Transformational Planning Project was:
The project was structured around three methodologies, which involved the councils working together in facilitated collaborative workshops to exchange ideas and discuss common issues. The councils also hosted their own learning days on key topics such as use of Uniform, scanning, workflow, web and systems. The three methodogies were:
Benefits: What the Pathfinders Achieved
The pathfinders found a number of benefits to their service from undertaking their business process improvement (BPI) projects:
The project synthesis found "Overall, each of the pathfinders expects to increase their ability to fulfil their primary goal – delivering high quality, well designed and sustainable developments."