The planning system is one of the most important layers of everyday democracy. It shapes our homes, our neighbourhoods, our environment and therefore our lives. It is also at the front line of the climate challenge – as we retrofit our existing homes and neighbourhoods, and build new ones. Yet the planning system we have today is famous for being slow, opaque, bureaucratic and inaccessible, especially to those who don’t have a lot of money or time.
We are working with local planning authorities and the Department for Levelling Up, Homes and Communities (DLUHC) to build a planning system fit for the 21st century. To do this, we are building Plan✕, an open source, low-code platform that allows planning authorities to rapidly and collaboratively build simple, accessible public services, like building services out of LEGO. They are some of the first government services in the world that use ‘rules-as-code’ to bake legislation, policies and guidance into the services themselves, making complicated, opaque services like planning simpler and more transparent for everyone.
As more councils start using Plan✕, there is growing excitement about what it can do - both local and national governments want to use Plan✕ to build new, user-centered public services. They need support to help them design and build those services around users needs.
The role will involve:
This role might suit those who have already worked in service design and content writing for web. But don't worry if you've never worked in any of these roles before, and don't worry if you don't know anything about planning. If you're a clear logical thinker, a good communicator, and you have a passion for making public services better, this could be the perfect role for you.
We are aware that you might not exactly fit the role exactly as we've described it. If you are interested in this role, but are not sure if you exactly fit all of this description, or if you have ideas about reshaping this role, please apply anyway – or get in touch with us.
Can you write the piece of legislation below as a flowchart, using simple questions that could be understood by an 11 year old? Please send us your solution in any format along with your application.
A.3 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the following conditions—
(a)the materials used in any exterior work (other than materials used in the construction of a conservatory) must be of a similar appearance to those used in the construction of the exterior of the existing dwellinghouse;
(b)any upper-floor window located in a wall or roof slope forming a side elevation of the dwellinghouse must be—
(ii)non-opening unless the parts of the window which can be opened are more than 1.7 metres above the floor of the room in which the window is installed;