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Isle of Anglesey Takes Planning to Cloud

The Isle of Anglesey County Council has gone live with a new cloud-based planning and building control system. Arcus Global’s cloud-based system enables the Council to record and process all applications, notifications, and enquiries. It will provide a single source of data to drive business efficiency and will also enable remote working.

For the planning team at Anglesey Council, the software has given them the functionality to process enquiries, appeals and enforcements both quickly and easily. Likewise, the building control team are able to communicate electronically with citizens and stakeholders, and now also have the ability to manage inspection dates, in one place.

Before going live with the public portal, the Council had to consult on new planning applications by post, which meant printing out plans and all related documents. With the new system, time and money will be saved.

Elena White, Business Systems Manager at Isle of Anglesey County Council, explained: “As well as printing costs, we’d also spend a considerable amount on postage. With the portal in place we’ve saved time and cut down our costs.”

“The current restrictions to our daily work and travel have been a fantastic test for the system. The entire Council has been working from home for the past 18 weeks and our planning, building and public platforms have been working perfectly – showing our employees they can carry on as normal without being in the office. It just goes to show what a difference being cloud-based make.”

With the planning and building process online and easily accessible, it has given council employees the ability to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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