Sally Herbert is the Business Management Partner at Newcastle City Council.
All good things must come to an end. After eight weeks we’re finishing our discovery with Newcastle City Council (NCC). This work has been supporting the digital transformation of NCC’s planning service in response to the government’s recent Planning White Paper.
Our final show and tell
The big event in this sprint was our final show and tell. This was the project's chance to feedback to everyone who’s interested in what we’ve done, while getting their thoughts on our recommendations and insights. It was also an opportunity to identify anything we might have missed.
We extended the session by 30 minutes so we could have a series of guest speakers. We had over 40 participants and some great audience interaction and questions after the presentations.
We had four guest speakers who talked about digital planning and relevant projects that inspired the audience, showing them what digital change in this space looks like. Our speakers were:
- Alastair Parvin from Open Systems Lab who talked about the Reducing Invalid Planning Applications tool (RIPA)
- Richard Limbrick from Camden Council, who talked about digital planning notices
- Ben Fowkes from Delib who spoke about the opportunities around geospatial in local planning participation
- Paul Frainer from Cambridge, talking about local digital plans
Leaving behind a legacy
This was our last sprint, so the majority of the team's time was spent on drafting the final outputs. We also analysed the results of the digital maturity survey and plotted this against the ratings we developed.