The deadline for submission of the third round of implementing electronic government (IEG) statements has just passed (10 November 2003). The IEG statement sets out how the authority is going to spend its IEG funding.
The total funding available for local e-government is £175 million for 2004-05 and £96.5 million for 2005-06.
For many local authority planners this probably does not mean much, as the completion of the IEG statement is often the responsibility of our information and computer technology colleagues. It does not really matter who completes the return. The important aspect is to ensure that, as planners, our aspirations for delivering local services electronically are included.
Pathfinder authorities such as Wandsworth (see page 38) have shown what being e-enabled can achieve and the type of service that can be provided.
If planning aspirations are not included in the IEG statement, then it will not be funded. The Planning and Regulatory Services Online (PARSOL) national project is promising exciting products and in particular I would draw your attention to the toolkits that are intended to help local authorities and others to implement and gain best use of the PARSOL products. I know that my authority will say in its IEG3 statement that it will be considering PARSOL products and toolkits for implementation in 2004.
MEMBERS WANTED The RTPI has been asked to participate in a Community Development Foundation project on inter-disciplinary action for sustainable development. We are looking for eight enthusiastic planners (from a variety of professional backgrounds) to attend a half-day workshop to discuss problems of, and solutions to, achieving better inter-disciplinary working. The workshop will take place in London on the afternoon of Thursday, 27 November and expenses will be paid.
- If you are interested in participating, please contact Louise Waring on (tel) 020 7929 9467; (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP PANEL
The next closing date for the receipt of applications for the various classes of membership is Friday, 12 December for consideration at the membership panel meeting towards the end of January 2004. Applicants are reminded that an administration fee is payable and a cheque must be sent with the completed application. All applicants for election to fellowship, membership, legal associateship and technical membership also have to submit a professional development plan as part of their completed application.
SEMINARS AND MEETINGS
Planning reform - the next steps. 19 November, 26 November, 2 December. ODPM, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), RTPI, Town and Country Planning Association. Manchester, London, Birmingham.
Series of regional seminars on the reforms proposed in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill. Details: RICS Events (tel) 020 7695 1600; (e-mail) email@example.com.
Plan making and review. 19 November. RTPI Yorkshire Branch. Millennium Galleries, Sheffield.
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill will usher in a new family of development plans. The conference looks at some of the key issues that will determine the success or otherwise of this initiative, such as how well the new system relates to other plans, how the transitional process can be managed and how public expectations about effective engagement might be handled. Details: Paula Nolan (tel) 0113 246 5714 (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing coastal risk: making the shared responsibility work. 20 November. RTPI Southern Branch and Hampshire County Council. Winchester. Details: Pam Moore (tel) 023 8027 5153; (e-mail) email@example.com.
Sport, recreation and tourism. 25 November. East Midlands RTPI and Landmark Planning, Leicester. Conference aims to evaluate and discuss recent changes in the sport, recreation and tourism areas and how they impinge on planning and development matters. A number of case studies will be used. Details: Helen Prangley (tel) 0116 2547391; (e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org.