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Increase in decisions made in England

Words: Laura Edgar
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In the year ending September 2016, district level planning authorities granted 381,300 decisions in England, according to the latest statistics.

This is an increase of 4 per cent for the same period ending September 2015.

District council planning authorities granted 48,300 decisions on residential developments; 6,200 for major developments, which is an increase of 6 per cent compared to the previous year and 42,100 for minors, a 4 per cent increase.

Planning authorities received 120,800 applications for planning permission between July and September 2016, an increase of one per cent on the same quarter in 2015. They granted 101,800 decisions and decided 85 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, according to the government statistics, up from 80 per cent the previous year.

Additionally, 12,900 residential applications were granted (a 6 per cent increase on the previous year) and 10,900 applications were received for prior approval for permitted development, of which 9,000 were approved without going through the full planning process.

The figures can be found here (pdf).

Last week, planning figures were also published In Scotland. The chief statistician said the average decision time for major developments was slower in July to September 2016.

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