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National Product Launch for PARSOL

Date: 16/7/2004

The formal launch of the products produced by the PARSOL National Project took place in the Sherborne Suite at Highcliff, Marriott Hotel, St Michael's Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5DU adjoining the LGA Annual Conference at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday 8thth July 2004. 

PARSOL aims to assist local authorities in building effective and transparent online planning and regulatory services.  The programme is delivering a diverse set of products including guidelines, standards, schemas, toolkits, systems and software that can all be used to help authorities build faster and more efficient services. 

The keynote speaker at the launch was Phil Hope MP (Minister for Local e-Government).  Other speakers included Graham Jukes CEO CIEH and Andy Waren (PARSOL Chairman).

Local e-Government Minister Phil Hope said

“ I am delighted to be able to launch PARSOL today as another successful National Project supported by the local e-Government programme.  Its wide range of products will provide local authorities with the ways and means to deliver the benefits of local e-Government, particularly in their regulatory services but also in planning. I look forward to hearing of significant take-up by other local authorities in such high profile areas as taxi licensing. Regulatory services are a key part of local authorities’ obligations, and I commend all the partners in PARSOL for having developed so many well-targeted generic products.


PARSOL aims to assist local authorities in building effective and transparent online planning and regulatory services.  The programme is delivering a diverse set of products including guidelines, standards, schemas, toolkits, systems and software that can all be used to help authorities build faster and more efficient services. 

The products are freely available and can be deployed over a range of access channels to meet real public and business needs and to help local authorities meet the 2005 targets for online service delivery. These include:

  • Regulatory service systems including online submission of license applications, business self-assessment and regulation guidance material.
  • Comprehensive set of e-Planning Service Delivery Standards providing a benchmark for the delivery of e-enabled services.
  • Planning systems including expert advice, enforcement, data monitoring and electronic consultation on planning applications and local development plans. 
  • Toolkits giving advice on implementation of PARSOL products and e-Planning Standards (e.g. guideline business case, benefits, available

Andy Waren Chairman of PARSOL, commented, “By tying the provision of funding to support to the delivery of the priority outcomes ODPM are seeking to ensure that every local authority meets the 2005 target for the delivery of services online.  The IEG funding and that funding provided by the Planning Delivery Grant, provide a unique opportunity to make a step change in the delivery of e-enabled planning and regulatory services.  In achieving this change local authorities will have made a  significant improvement to the services provided to citizens and businesses.  PARSOL is here to help achieve this change”

 

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