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Figures show 5% decline in planning decisions made since last year

Words: Lydia Till
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District-level planning authorities granted 357,700 decisions in the year ending March 2019 – down 5 per cent on the year ending March 2018, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Of those 357,700 applications, 46,800 were for residential developments. This was a decline of 3 per cent compared with a year earlier. Of these, 6,300 were major developments and 40,500 were minor developments. These figures show a 2 per cent and 5 per cent decrease respectively on the year ending March 2018.

Between January and March 2019, district-level planning authorities in England received 111,300 applications for planning permission, down 5 per cent when compared with the same period in 2018. They granted 81,500 decisions, down 7 per cent from the corresponding quarter of 2018. This is equivalent to 88 per cent of decisions, unchanged from the same quarter of 2018.

Decisions were made on 88 per cent of applications within 13 weeks of the agreed time, down 1 per cent from the previous year.

Other statistics in the report include:

  • 11,200 residential applications were granted, down 6 per cent on a year earlier, including 1,600 for major developments and 9,600 for minor ones.
  • 2,000 applications granted for commercial developments, down 11 per cent from the same period in 2018.

Planning Applications in England: January to March 2019 can be found on the MHCLG website (pdf).

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