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Digital Planning Scotland

This is an Invitation to tender to produce the evidence base for a business case for digitising the Scottish town and country planning system. This research is being 100% funded by the Scottish Government and more information can be found in the ITT document located here. The deadline for applications is on the 30th March at 9AM.

Download the ITT here.

For enquiries, please contact: Oliver Charlton, Policy and Networks Adviser, RTPI, Tel: 020 7929 9414, Email: oliver.charlton@rtpi.org.uk

 

Questions and Answers

We welcome enquiries, but please note that all responses to enquiries will be issued as (anonymised) Q&As online below. For this reason you may want to check the website before publishing your response. Below are a number of questions recieved from bidders.

 

QUESTION 1

We would expect to see the following stages in an economic case at is develops from a strategic to a full business case:

  • Data-driven evidence-base to set out the the problem / case of change
  • Detailed work in developing the solutions /options
  • Analysing the outputs of these designed solutions / options
  • Developing the method to appraise the social and economic benefits of these outputs
  • Undertaking the appraisal to understand the social / economic outcomes from implementing the detailed solutions.

 

Are you able to specify the current state of play of business case development, and where you’d hope to get to by the end of the project?

ANSWER 1

We answer this (a) in relation to the stages referred to and (b) the current state of play generally.

(a) In relation to the stages referred to:

  • Data-driven evidence-base to set out the problem / case of change : The Scottish Government have carried out extensive research over the last 18 months with users, planners, planning agencies and the public to evidence the case for change vs the current planning system.

 

  • Detailed work in developing the solutions /options - An initial but detailed options appraisal has already been carried out within the business case draft documents already produced within Scottish Government. These will break into more detail from a technical perspective in the next phase of the plan.

 

  • Analysing the outputs of these designed solutions / options - This is covered in above points in relation to extensive research and surveys carried out

 

  • Developing the method to appraise the social and economic benefits of these outputs - This work will be required post gate zero and is not in scope for the work within the current ITT.

 

  • Undertaking the appraisal to understand the social / economic outcomes from implementing the detailed solutions. - As above, not in scope for the current work

 

 

(b) in relation to the current state of play:

 

The work described within the ITT relates to developing the strategic phase of the business case, within five case methodology, in preparation for the Gate 0 milestone only. The micro analysis element has been carried out and identified potential efficiency gains within the planning process. There is further work being carried out in relation to efficiency savings for major developers.

 

The strategic business case has been written and is currently under review with the exception of:

o    the macro economic analysis which looks at the potential impact of the planning system including potential benefits to the Scottish Economy (covered in ITT)

o   Cost of doing nothing analysis (covered in ITT)

o    The micro analysis which requires come completion work by Scottish Government on the efficiency gains

 

QUESTION 2

Would the existing base-line position be provided to the winning supplier, or would it be for the supplier to establish via research and their existing knowledge?

ANSWER 2

Yes the baseline position would be provided to the winning supplier.

QUESTION 3

Do you intend the document to be RTPI, Scottish Government, or supplier branded?

ANSWER 3

The Scottish Government, as the funders of the document, would maintain all ownership rights to the document and it would be branded under their license with reference to the winning supplier.

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