EHDC Press Release

Smart, new technology could revolutionise how the public sees planning

East Hampshire District Council will be trialling innovative digital technology designed to give people a greater say in shaping and regenerating their own communities.

The council has secured £40,500 from the Government to set up a state-of-the-art consultation system to make planning more open and accessible than ever before.

Cllr Angela Glass, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Modernising the planning system and using digital technology will help increase community participation in local decision making, including among underrepresented groups, such as renters and those from black and ethnic minority groups.

“We hope the new technology will give people a much clearer idea of proposals, how they look and how they will affect their neighbourhoods and, as a result, give them a much greater say in how their communities are shaped.”

The digital technology will first be used this summer to consult with residents of Whitehill & Bordon about parking issues across the town.

If it proves successful it will be used for more public planning consultations in the future.

The money has come from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ (DLUHC) and is part of the PropTech Engagement Fund.

Over £3.25 million from the Proptech Engagement Fund will be spent on 28 projects across England.