Epping Forest District Council`s online interactive planning website has been nominated in the National eWell-Being Awards 2010.
The website applications iPlan and pinpoint were selected in the `Improving Public Services` category for improving public access to information, generating cost savings and reducing carbon emissions. The results of the nomination will be held at the reception at the offices of UNISON Yorkshire and Humbershire in Leeds on Wednesday 16 June 2010.
The National eWell-Being Awards identify and promote the environmental and social benefits of Information and Communication Technology. Over 120 entries were received this year and the judges have narrowed down to the 41 finalists.
Over many years, Epping Forest District Council`s Planning and Economic Development Directorate has steadily moved away from using paper based work. They have successfully integrated into the Council website the applications iPlan and pinpoint allowing residents to view planning permissions online all year round.
The website is easily accessible to the public and has made savings in the cost of printing documents, postage and file storage, and also decreasing carbon emissions by using less paper.
The Council is able to supply a well-organised web-based service to provide available information to anyone involved in the planning process – from home owners and businesses to planning professionals and Government officials.
iPlan enables residents to search planning application records including documents and plans, view Committee Agenda and webcasts showing how decisions are made and search Planning Appeals and Building Control Records online. Residents can view most records that are going back 50 years.
Councillor Di Collins, leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to congratulate the Planning Team on reaching the finals. The Internet has its benefits because it is easier to use, costs less and saves on raw materials. Using the Internet gives us more of a chance to reduce the carbon emissions and upgrading our services to the Internet helps to save the environment by not cutting down trees to create piles of paper.