Beta phase

Duration: 16-weeks (March 2020 - present)

Following the completion of the alpha phase, the project has been awarded further MHCLG funding, enabling the team to continue into the beta phase — the current project phase.

For the beta phase (project name: ‘Beta BoPS’), the team has prioritised the following approach:

  1. Focusing on householder applications

  2. Beginning with building an MVP system for assessing Permitted Development applications:

  • Collaborating with the RIPA project focussed on PD applications first
  • Enables us to build the core infrastructure and screens that can be re-used and built on for assessing applications for prior approvals and full planning permission applications
  • Allow us to test and validate the initial elements required of all applications, before scaling to include those for full applications

See the beta phase report here.

The ‘Beta BoPS’ roadmap

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A user-centred Back-office Planning System (BoPS) for local authorities

BoPS is a collaborative local authority project, funded by the MHCLG Local Digital Fund and led by Southwark Council & Partners.

  1. About the project
  2. Project background
  3. Our approach
  4. User research
  5. Discovery phase
  6. Alpha phase
  7. Beta phase
  8. Weeknotes and sprint notes

If you are part of a local authority team or an interested party and would like to find out more about contributing, collaborating and/or our approach, please get in touch:

Project contact
Tom Buttrick, Southwark Council


Michelle Isme, Delivery Manager, Unboxed

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