Published date: 30 August 2022

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 6 June 2022, 4pm

Contract summary


  • IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support - 72000000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

30 August 2022

Closing date

6 June 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

12 September 2022

Contract end date

11 March 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Call-off from a dynamic purchasing system

A mini-competition or direct purchase from a pre-established dynamic purchasing system.

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For this Alpha phase the Planning Inspectorate requires an agile, flexible partner to deliver a project, to take forward learning from our recent AI innovation discovery, to further explore the opportunities / assumptions from discovery, explore standardisation, maximise reuse, minimise integration risks, and make clear recommendations on future phases. 

This will enable us to deepen learning, increase engagement and prove whether there is value in future investment to help make Local Plans examinations quicker, more efficient, and more accurate. 

Deepen learning 

Validate riskier assumptions (e.g. exclusion of image files does not expose us to risk that key information will be lost).

Explore using the text inside the Local Plan as training data and effects of standardisation to enable training from other Local Plans.

Explore standardisation

Explore Local Plan and representation data structures across a wider sample of representative LPAs to: 

inform recommendations around standardisation,  

increase confidence in understanding of the data, and  

mitigate the risks of extending prototypes to other LPA datasets.

Explore thorough a mini pilot the effects of standardisation across Local Plans, and opportunities to ensure consistent taxonomies and standards across Planning Inspectorate services (see Discovery Report page 38). 

Maximise reuse

Further explore prototypes from discovery to increase robustness, accuracy, and extension to other LPA datasets.  

Explore how features can be extended to the entire examination library. 

Explore future hosting and integration considerations and prerequisites.

Identify potential for consistent topic modelling, text segmentation and labelling across Planning Inspectorate services (e.g. planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications).   

Optional requirement for Beta

We also include an option for the successful supplier to undertake the Beta phase of this project assuming a successful Alpha and a continuing business need for the requirement. This option will be confirmed towards the end of the Alpha Phase with timescales to be agreed with the supplier.

Award information

Awarded date

25 August 2022

Contract start date

12 September 2022

Contract end date

11 March 2023

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

Oxford Global Projects UK Ltd


John Eccles House
Robert Robinson Avenue
Oxford Science Park
United Kingdom


Companies House number: 14149409

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About the buyer

Contact name

Linda Paul


Temple Quay House,2 the Square Temple Quay