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PINS: Open cases at its highest point in the last year

Words: Laura Edgar
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Statistics published by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) show that it has more than 12,526 open cases – its highest number in the past 12 months.

According to the report, the number of receipts averages at more than 1,700 each month over the past 12 months and the average number it closed works out at just below 1,700 a month during the same period.  

Over the last year, PINS made 18,075 appeal decisions – more than 1,500 a month. Fewer decisions were issued in the months of August 2020, April 2021, July 2021 and August 2021. "This is thought to be due to the impact of national lockdowns, in respect of August 20, and the impact of staff taking more annual leave in 2021 than in 2020," the report explains.

Of the decisions made, 17,067 were made on written representations, which is about 95 per cent of all appeal decisions made. The report finds that written representation decisions had recovered to pre-pandemic levels between October and December 20, when the number of decisions made stood between approximately 1,600 and 2,000 decisions per month.

In the last 12 month, 623 decisions were made on hearings and  385  decisions made on inquiries.

The statistical release can be found here on the UK Government website (pdf).

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