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Submitting a planning application

Reducing Invalid Planning Applications 

Southwark Council are working on a project to develop a new digital tool to speed up the submission of planning applications and to make the process easier for our customers. The Reducing Invalid Planning Applications (RIPA) project is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Local Digital Fund and the purpose of the project is to develop an improved system for submitting planning applications. The new system will initially only be used for Householder and Lawful Development Certificate applications, but will be expanded to include other types of applications in the near future. To find out more about the project, please visit the Reducing Invalid Planning Applications (RIPA) website.

As part of this project, we're currently running a short online survey to understand the user experience when submitting a planning application using the existing Planning Portal system and we welcome your comments. All information gathered in this survey will be combined, anonymised and fed into the findings of the project in order to improve the final product.

Complete the survey

We're also looking for users to test the new application system. The remote user testing sessions last around one hour during which our independent User Researcher will observe your responses to her questions and will get your feedback about how you found the experience and what you think could be improved. We'd greatly appreciate your input on this project. If you're interested in taking part, fill in the form below and our Independent User Research will contact you. 

Register your interest for user testing

If you have any questions or comments on this project, please email

Page last updated: 16 March 2021

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