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22/03/2021

Submissions to the Planning Portal hit record high

Words: Laura Edgar
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A record 63,258 planning applications from England and Wales were submitted through the Planning Portal in February 2021.

This is more than the 4,000 more applications submitted in July last year, when the previous record was set at 59,000.

Writing in the Planning Portal’s latest Planning Market Insight Report, Sarah Chilcott, managing director at the Planning Portal, said: “To see the continued increase in applications, almost a year on from this point, shows some resilience in the market while it faces extreme uncertainty around the longer-term economy and job security.”

February 2021’s figure of 63,258 is 25 per cent higher than the 50,459 submitted in February 2020.

The percentage change in applications by region from January 2021 to February 2021:

  • North East: +18 per cent
  • North West: +16 per cent
  • Yorkshire & the Humber: +20 per cent
  • East Midlands: +15 per cent
  • West Midlands: +21 per cent
  • East of England: +15 per cent
  • London: +15 per cent
  • South East: +16 per cent
  • South West +20 per cent
  • Wales: +15 per cent

All regions saw increases on the numbers submitted in 2020. The report notes that towards the end of 2020 submissions in Wales were “dwindling”, but that this year is looking “more positive” with 2,281 applications submitted in February 2021 – 15 per cent more than the number submitted in January and 20 per cent more than the number in February 2020.

Home improvement applications, the report notes, “continued to outperform the average rise in applications we would normally see throughout February”.

“Against the baseline increase of 25 per cent against February 2020, householder and associated consents rose by 46 per cent, a continuation of the trend since the easing of lockdown in June last year.”

Overall, full planning and associated consents for larger schemes rose by 2 per cent in February 2021 compared with a year earlier.

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