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Record number of planning applications submitted in January

Words: Laura Edgar
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A total of 54,153 applications were submitted through the Planning Portal in January 2021 – 19 per cent more than the 45,346 submitted in January 2020.

This is a record for January: 5,827 more applications were submitted than the previous record set in January 2018 of 948,326).

The January 2021 figure is also 1 per cent more than the 53,430 submitted in England and Wales in December, according to the Planning Portal’s February edition of Planning Market Insight Report.

“This is a great start to the year and it will be interesting to see if the usual increases in February and March are realised on a similar trend,” the report states.

Wales saw a 10 per cent increase in applications submitted in January 2021 compared with December 2020, while north-west England recorded a 9 per cent increase in submissions.

Two regions record a decline in the number of submissions compared with December 2020: London recorded the “most significant decrease” with 6 per cent less, while 1 per cent fewer submissions were received for the South East.

According to the report, in 2020 the number of applications for prior approval of telecoms operators throughout England and Wales saw the largest increase in the six-month period between March and August 2020, “realising the greatest growth”.

Planning Portal attributes the growth, in the most part, to the development and current investment in the 5G infrastructure by UK Telecoms operators in line with the government’s 5G strategy.

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