Submit my Planning Application Week notes 23rd August

Welcome to Submit My Planning Application weeknotes. 

For more general updates, continue to check our project site; showing all the great stuff we’re doing and key information about the project. Alongside the project site, also be sure to check out our blog post. 


Thank you to everyone who came to our final show and tell! Special thanks to Chris MacNamara from Wigan who patiently waited out our technical issues.

What we did this week:

  • Delivered our final show and tell 🙁
  • A full QA run was completed; We’re confident we’ve caught as many bugs as possible
  • Continued fixing bugs we already knew about and investigating new ones
  • Updated the copy for all transactional emails and get it all working in Gov.UK Notify
  • Tried to deploy onto Hackney’s infrastructure but were not successful
  • Integrated against the new live version of the Addresses API
  • We met with Sarah and Tom from the Information Management team to discuss GDPR compliance; we’re not a long way from being compliant but there are a few tasks:
    • Update the existing Planning Privacy Notice to include info re Analytics
    • Ensure links are in the correct place linking to the Privacy Notice
    • Do we have a Data Processing Schedule to save data in Amazon RDS?
    • We need a Processor Agreement (DPA) to be signed by Woopra to be compliant with Article 28.

What’s next:

  • Waiting for the right person from Hackney to return from holiday to finish deploying to our infrastructure
  • A full copy review to correct the last few typos and bits of jargon
  • Planning our launch at PlanTech week (19th September 2019)
  • Mopping up the final bugs we’ve found during our QA run
  • Finishing up work to secure the login process prior to our full security test (scheduled for 11th September)
  • Update Planning Privacy Notice
  • Contact Woopra to request signed DPA
  • Contact other teams to see if we have a contract with AWS for them to act as a data processor for Hackney.

 What are we keeping an eye on?

  • Integrating with Tascomi 


  • None this week!

Thanks for reading!

Planning Applications Team

(AKA Emma H, Andy B, Andy E, Ana, Mathew T, Nic and Hidayat).

API Factory – Final Week notes 23rd August 2019

In this final edition of the API Factory week notes we have EXCELLENT news and also sad new.

Let’s start with the EXCELLENT:
The Addresses API is fully, completely and totally LIVE! We cannot say a big enough thank you to the data and insight team in collaborations with Marta, Anna, Steve and Tom too who helped with UAT. Getting the API live has been the definition of a team effort. Well done all! It makes us have this happy face

And now the sad:
This is the end of the API Factory project. It has been wrapped up as we’ve got as far as we practically can with the current team set up. It’s been a fantastic project which has pushed many boundaries, surfaced important questions and innovated at the bleeding edge of technology. It’s now time to take a step back from the Factory and have a broader look at what we’ve done, how that fits into the bigger department and the best way to keep moving forward.

The Google site for the project will remain in place so if you ever want to go down memory lane, it’ll be there.

This is goodbye. So long and thanks for all the fish!

API Factory Weeknotes – 9th August

Welcome to the penultimate weeknotes of the API Factory. Written weeknotes are a change to our regular scheduling but, it’s never too late to try a new thing, right?

We’ve been very busy bees over the last week attacking the task of getting the Addresses API into production on 12th August. This has involved Sandrine doing a lot of testing and raising some bugs. Liudvikas, Bukky and Matthew fixing the bugs with gusto and handing them back to Sandrine to test. We are 80% there and feeling optimistic about what’s left as it’s tasks like renaming things which, typically, aren’t too back breaking.

On the flip side of the coin we have been looking at how we control access to our APIs in a secure way that doesn’t cause massive admin overheads. I know it feels like we’ve been saying this for weeks and weeks but that’s because we have. Cloud infrastructure is a *really* complicated thing to get your head around and make choices about when you are learning everything as you go.

We have to give huge thanks to our colleagues from the infrastructure department of ICT who have given us as much time and expertise as they possibly can on the subject and also to our friends at AWS who have now run 3 workshops for us to help us get our heads around everything. We think we have a plan for the now and some great knowledge to share with our friends in infrastructure about what the tools AWS have can do and how Hackney might benefit from those in the long run.

Selwyn has been working hard to implement our plan for ‘now’ but, as with all new things, it’s been taking more time and faffing (he had to create a whole new AWS account because we didn’t want to risk breaking production services) than we would have liked but he’s made stunning progress. We’re still hopeful that a production Addresses API than can be controlled on a per API, per environment level is totally within our grasp.

And on that bombshell, I leave you in suspense and eagerly awaiting the final episode of ‘The API Factory’. A drama that has given us, highs, lows, twists turns and many good times. Here’s to the last week of the project and our most collaborative delivery yet.