Designed by planners, for planners
BOPS is a back-office planning system that has been co-designed and tested with planners. Unlike many existing systems that burden planners with manual tasks, it provides planners with the necessary information precisely when they need it, minimising the need to switch between different systems. This reduces noise for planners and gives them more time to focus on what they want to do – planning.
One simple system that meets all a planner’s needs
Planners can use BOPS across the full journey of an application, from validation and assessment to consultation, review and determination. The BOPS applicant module makes it easy for applicants to interact with councils to provide further information or get updates in real time. It also makes neighbour consultation easier, with a seamless digital service for submitting comments.
“It’s smooth and efficient. Everything I need to see is there.”
Intuitive and easy to set up
BOPS automates standard processes, such as matching legislation to application type. With straightforward onboarding and a dedicated admin dashboard for every council, we’re working towards a system that can be set up and managed with minimal support.
Integrated for faster processing
BOPS is integrated with PlanX to receive data rich applications and to query site constraints. In the near future, BOPS will be part of a pilot to accept applications from the Planning Portal. BOPS will also integrate with the government’s Planning Data Platform, querying national and local planning datasets and promoting open data.
A scalable system undergoing rapid development and user testing
BOPS can currently be used to fully process Lawful Development Certificates, Prior Approvals for larger home extensions and Householder applications. All other application types are due to be completed by May 2024.
Based on feedback from real world use, BOPS will be constantly developed to improve the way planners work and to adapt to new requirements. BOPS will work to integrate with emerging projects such as Digital Site Notice and council data platforms, bringing data from different sources into one place.
“BOPS allows us to provide our planning teams with software that is accessible and transparent. This leads to a reduction in time spent on administrative and manual processes.”
Juliet Seymour, Head of Policy, Building Control & the Historic Environment, Southwark Council
Get in touch
Talk to the BOPS team to find out how your council can get started with BOPS.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a call.