Calling for volunteers to help us design a better planning application system!
The London Borough of Lambeth is leading on a 5-partnered council project to make it quicker and easier for people to submit planning applications.

The project ‘Reducing Invalid Planning Applications (RIPA) is an open, collaborative project.As lead council, Lambeth is working with the London Boroughs of Camden and Southwark as well as Buckinghamshire Council and Northumberland County Council.

The project’s ambition is to improve the current planning application submission process, making it more transparent, less confusing for applicants and easier to navigate. This digital innovation will also bring savings – in time and money – for applicants and councils and transform the planning application submission system bringing into the 21st century.

At present, the project is focused on Certificate of Lawful Development planning applications with other application types to be explored in future phases.

We are currently testing our Beta tool with anyone who has submitted in the past (or may in the future submit) a planning application.  The testing will provide feedback which will help us to improve the design and development of the tool.

Our User Researcher will carry out the testing sessions remotely.  Testing sessions last approximately 1-1.5 hours.

If you would be interested in taking part, please fill in this form.  It should only take a couple of minutes to complete.

For help or questions please contact Ho Lam our independent User Researcher on the project:

To find out more about the project, visit To find out more about the project, visit
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