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More than 77k applications submitted to Planning Portal in March

Words: Laura Edgar
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A total of 77,289 planning applications from England and Wales were submitted in March 2021 to the Planning Portal.

This is 22 per cent more than the 63,258 submitted in February, which was a record.

The latest Planning Portal Insight Report said it does not expect to see a further increase for submissions in April given Easter fell early in the month and there will be less working days as a result. “To what extent we see growth is impossible to predict,” the report states.

Wales and all regions of England all recorded month-on-month increases. The East Midlands’ submissions increased by 24 per cent in March compared with February, the highest increase. The North East was close behind with a 23 per cent month-on-month increase. The other regions recorded the following month-on-month increases:

  • North West: 12 per cent
  • Yorkshire & the Humber: 21 per cent
  • West Midlands: 21 per cent
  • East of England: 15 per cent
  • London: 17 per cent
  • South East: 14 per cent
  • South West 9 per cent
  • Wales: 19 per cent

The report takes a close look at the East Midlands, which comprises Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. It states: “Throughout 2021, the region has continued to achieve good growth in the number of applications and has received an additional 3,883 applications compared to the first three months of 2020, an increase of 40 per cent."

Applications for householder and associated consents rose by 82 per cent compared with March 2020 across England and Wales. Across all application types, there was an increase of 59 per cent.

The report also shows that advertising consent rose 23 per cent compared with March 2020.

Planning Portal noted that if the numbers of applications submitted keep increasing, additional resource will need to be sourced to process applications efficiently and effectively so that application handling timeframes are met. Planning Portal said it is working closely with local authorities and applicants to help reduce the rate of invalidations, by "providing tools, guidance and re-platforming our application service to provide new improvements planned in an effort to reduce and tackle these issues".

"This is part of our ongoing roadmap of improvement and remains key to our plans that will be delivered later this year."

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