Planning Applications for WordPress: New Plugin

It was great to hear last week of the progress Chris and his team at OpenlyLocal have made on resurrecting Planning Alerts.

Thanks to their efforts we now have a site where we can view planning alerts for each council across the country. Not all councils are there yet, but it’s a great start.

As expected, the applications are available as XML, JSON and GeoRSS, which made it easy for me to – in two hours – produce a WordPress plugin that allows any self-hosted WordPress site to display a widget of recent planning applications.

You can download the plugin right now from If you fancy contributing, it’s also on Github.

At the moment, there’s just the widget. I plan to add the ability to add lists of planning applications into posts and pages, as well as maps pinpointing each application.

Comments welcome!

4 thoughts on “Planning Applications for WordPress: New Plugin”

  1. Hi Henare!

    That’s excellent – I plan to add maps to v2, although using OpenStreetMap 😉

    I’ll think about how best I could allow for switching between UK and Australian data too…


  2. Hi Philip,

    I love the idea of this new plug-in and how it works on Lichfield Live, but when I try it for Northants County Council nothing appears?

    Am I doing something wrong?


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