This document sets out the current specification for Plan✕ when provided on a Software as a Service (SaaS) basis.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please get in touch and we will add the answers to this page. Plan✕ is also listed on the Digital Marketplace.

Where information is provisional / in progress, it will be highlighted yellow.


What is Plan✕?

Plan✕ is a content management platform for planning services. It enables local planning authorities to write, share and operate digital planning services that are simple, powerful and user-friendly.

It has three interfaces:

Public interface

Where homeowners, businesses and their agents can get guidance about their project, or submit planning applications. Services are accessible and custom themed (within limitations).

Editor interface

Where service owners and flow owners can create services as flowcharts, using a low-code interface. Councils can collaborate by copying templates and subscribing to shared flows.


Where councils and their suppliers will be able to access data and metadata allowing them to process planning applications using back office software. Applications can also be sent to a designated email inbox.

In many ways Plan✕ is like many other form-building software applications, except it has very powerful logic engine allowing complex rules to be coded into services. It also allows content to be shared between organisations. It has been specifically designed to support the needs of planning departments.