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3% rise discovered in planning authority decisions

by Paul Addison on March 28, 2017 No comments

An overall of 435,600 planning applications have been decided.

112,100 different applications for planning permission were sent to district level planning authorities from September to December 2016, which is a 1% increase from 2015.

From October to December 2016, data has shown that there was a 1% upsurge from 2015, with 93,600 decisions, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Compared to the 82% in 2015, 86% of major applications were decided either in an agreed time, or within 13 weeks.

Concurring with the statistics comparing 2015 and 2016:

  • 12,700 residential applications were decided – increase of 6%.
  • 9,200 applications for prior approval for permitted development rights from October to December 2016 were received – decrease of 9%.

(7,500 of the 9,200 applications were approved without going through the full planning process, – decrease of 10%).

  • 1,600 of the 9,200 applications were for changes to residential use.

(1,100 of the 1,600 were approved without going through the full planning process).

49,100 decisions on residential developments were approved by district planning authorities in 2016.

This is:

  • 6,400 major developments, (7% rise from 2015).
  • 42,700 minor developments (5% rise from 2015).

The head of policy at the RTPI, Richard Blyth, said:

“The increase in planning applications processed by planning authorities demonstrates the significant, ongoing contribution local authority planners make in England to delivery, particularly housing. This is at a time of severe resource constraints within councils. We know many local planning services are surviving on the goodwill and professional integrity of their planners. While these figures demonstrate the high performance of planners, processing applications is just one way they help create prosperous places and vibrant communities.”

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