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Decline in planning applications received from July to September

Words: Laura Edgar
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District-level planning authorities received 106,500 planning applications between July and September 2019 – 4 per cent fewer than in the same quarter of 2018.

The statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) indicate that district councils granted 90,600 decisions (88 per cent) during that quarter.

Of the larger planning applications, 87 per cent were decided within 13 weeks or the agreed time, a small decline from 88 per cent in the same quarter a year earlier.

District councils granted 11,500 residential developments – 3 per cent fewer than the same quarter in 2018 – and 2,200 commercial development applications, which is 4 per cent fewer than a year earlier.

According to the release, in the year ending September 2019, district-level planning authorities granted 352,400 decisions, which is a decline of 4 per cent on the year ending September 2018.

They granted 45,500 decisions on residential developments, 6,000 of which were for major developments and 39,500 were for minor developments, down by six and 5 per cent respectively compared with the year ending September 2018.

Planning Applications in England: July to September 2019 can be found on the UK Government website (pdf).

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