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Small increase in major decisions made within agreed time over summer

Words: Laura Edgar
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English district-level planning authorities decided 88 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time between July and September 2017, according to latest government statistics.

This was an increase of 3 per cent compared with a year earlier.

District-level planning authorities received 117,700 applications for planning permission, which was 2 per cent less than the same quarter in 2016.

They granted 98,8000 decisions, a decrease of 3 per cent when compared with July to September 2016. The government said this is equivalent to 88 per cent of decisions, unchanged on the same quarter in 2016.

The planning authorities granted 12,500 residential applications, 3 per cent down on a year earlier. Of these, 1,600 were major applications and 10,900 were minor applications.

There was an 11 per cent fall in the number of commercial developments being granted compared with the previous year – 2,600.

District councils received 10,400 applications for prior approval for permitted development rights, a decrease of 5 per cent from the same quarter in 2016. Applications for changes to residential use totalled 1,500, with 1,000 approved.

In the year ending September 2017, district-level planning authorities granted 380,700 decisions, in line with the same figure for the year ending September 2016.

They granted:

  • 49,700 decision on residential developments – 6,600 for major developments, up 6 per cent on the year ending September 2016, and 43,100 for minors, up 2 per cent.
  • 10,500 applications for commercial developments, down 6 per cent on the previous years.

Planning Applications in England: July to September 2017 can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government website (pdf).

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