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South East submits most applications seeking permission

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April saw a drop in the number of planning applications submitted to the Planning Portal for England and Wales, with the most applications being submitted in the South East.

According to the latest Planning Portal Insight Report, April was the first month this year to show a decline in the number of applications submitted in 2021. A total of 65,357 applications were submitted during April, down from 77,289 in March.

The report states: "While the data indicates an overall higher number of applications submitted through 2021, April 2021 has followed previous seasonal trends in it regularly received lower application numbers than March."

In April 2020, which was the first full month of the first lockdown in the UK, just 38,541 applications were submitted, which is 19 per cent lower than the number submitted in April 2019.

The 2021 submission figure is 70 per cent more than 2020's.

Regionally, there was a decrease everywhere, but the report notes that the Easter fell in early April, reducing the number of working days.

Local authorities in the South East (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex) received 52,020 applications, more than any other region. London came in second with 48,121 submissions.

Compared to April 2020, the South East saw a 40 per cent increase, up from 37,206 submissions.

Buckinghamshire Council received the most applications - 4,023, 36 per cent more than the 2,953. Planning Portal said it is not surprised by this, as it is the largest planning authority in the region, having become a unitary authority* in April 2020.

Brighton & Hove City Council received 1,078 applications for submission, the second most in the South East.

Applications for home improvement was again the top type of planning permission sought. More than double were received than in the same month last year, representing a "strong recovery well beyond expected baseline levels".

Since March 2020, advertisement consent applications have been the worst affected, the report explains, down by 34 per cent if 2020 is compared to 2019.

* Buckinghamshire Council was formed following the merger of South Bucks, Chiltern, Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale.

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