The online planning application system on Calderdale Council’s website will be unavailable for short periods of time in April and July.
To carry out essential upgrades and ensure the system meets the requirements for upcoming changes in data protection law, it’s necessary for the online planning application system to be offline on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April, and from Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 July.
The minimum time legally required to allow people to comment on planning applications is three weeks, so while the system is down, the publicity period will be extended to ensure that there’s enough time to make any comments.
Every effort is being taken to minimise disruption while the update is taking place. Once the upgrade is complete it will be easier to search and comment on planning applications.
Calderdale Council’s Service Lead – Planning, Richard Seaman, said:
“This important work will improve the functions of the planning system and make it easier to navigate as well as enabling us to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulations.
“Unfortunately, the level of work involved means that it’s necessary for the system to be offline for short periods. We’re doing all we can to complete this work as quickly as possible and minimise disruption for people using the system.”