Planning Portal is excited to announce a new partnership with Bristol-based social enterprise Babbasa to help increase representation within the built environment.

Since 2002, Planning Portal has been revolutionising the planning process for both public and private sector stakeholders, making information and services simpler and more accessible for those involved in the process.

Planning Portal’s mission is to continue to build on this, transforming planning solutions with its expert advice, resources, and data. This includes supporting the wider sector to become more representative, which has led to this new partnership with Babbasa.

Babbasa believes that, although talent is evenly distributed across the globe, opportunities are not. It works with young people, businesses and the community to address inequalities and produce a fairer Bristol.

Key to this is the OurCity2030 initiative, which launched in 2022 and aims to support 2,030 young people from low-income households into median salary roles by 2030. To achieve this, Babbasa is launching several pathways into key industry sectors in 2024, including the built environment.

These pathways follow a successful pilot with Bristol Creative Industries (BCI) in 2023, which saw 14 young people from low-income households take part in paid internships with creative businesses across the city.

Iona Devaughn, Progression Manager at Babbasa, said: “As part of this partnership, Planning Portal will be working with us to set up and run an insight day to demystify the built environment for young people, and inspire them to consider roles within the sector. This will be part of the OurCity2030 Pathway into the Built Environment, being run with AtkinsRéalis.”

Scott Alford, Head of Business Development at Planning Portal, said, “We share Babbasa’s OurCity2030 vision, which is why we are collaborating to break down barriers and create pathways for young individuals from diverse backgrounds to explore and thrive in the built environment sector.”

If your organisation would like to get involved in the OurCity2030 initiative, please register your interest at