Friday 2 November 2007 4.07pm
I am halfway through writing something... I'm a planning consultant by day, and I can confirm that a lot of authorities do make all documents available online!
It is not difficult or especially costly. 70 councils put their documents up via www.ukplanning.com and other councils use a system called "PublicAccess Expert" or their own software.
The government set up a strategy in 2004 for e-planning - view it at
There is a contact name there who may be able to explain why councils like Southwark are able to drag their heels.