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18/07/2019

Volume appeal casework ‘not good enough’

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has acknowledged that its performance in deciding its volume appeal casework ‘has not been good enough’.

The Planning Inspectorate Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19 also notes that customer expectations have not been achieved.

Timeliness for householder and commercial appeals, hearings and non-bespoke planning inquiries remains “poor and a long way from target”.

The statistics

 

Planning appeals in England:

Target2018/192017/18
80% of written representations in 14 weeks of start date58.8% (9,318)76.7% (9,697)
80% of hearing in 14 weeks of the start day23.6% (453)31.4% (528)
80%of inquiries (non-bespoke) in 22 weeks of the start date0.0% (3)13.7% (51)
100% of inquiries (bespoke) according to the agreed timetable99.4% (176)98.7% (231)
80% of householder appeals in 8 weeks of the start time75.9% (4,453)85.3% (4,670)
80% of commercial appeals in 8 weeks of the start date62.9% (402)80.0% (565)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enforcement in Wales:

Target2018/192017/18
80% of written representations in 32 weeks of the start date88.7% (1,868)84.5% (1,474)
80% if hearing in 33 weeks of the start date83.2% (167)58.2% (177)
80% of inquiries in 43 weeks of the start date62.1% (195)56.3% (247)

 

 

 

In England, all Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) applications were determined within statutory timetables, according to the review. Additionally, 99.4 per cent of plans and 100 per cent of bespoke inquiries were determined in the timescales agreed by the parties.

Wales stats include:

Target2018/192017/18
90% of all planning appeals decided by written
representations (part 1 and part 3 of 2017 regulations) in 8 weeks
98.8% (116)91.7% (105)
 85% of all planning appeals decided by hearings in 21 weeks
(April - November)
93.5% (34)100% (52)
85% of all planning appeals decided by hearings in 21 weeks
(December – March)
N/A87.5% (10)
85% of all planning appeals decided by inquiries in 29 weeks
(April - November)
0% (1)100% (3)
85% of all planning appeals decided by inquiries in 29 weeks
(December – March)
N/A100% (1)
85% of all enforcement appeals decided by written
representations in 28 weeks (April – November)
91.7% (24)100% (20)
85% of all enforcement appeals decided by written
representations in 27 weeks (December – March)
92.3% (13)N/A
85% of all enforcement appeals decided by hearings and
inquiries in 41 weeks
100% (9)95.7% (23)
Timetable set by Welsh Government for recommendations provided by the inspectorate on recovered appeals and called in applications100% (5)100% (1)
To submit recommendations on Developments of National Significance
within 36 weeks
100% (3)100% (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wales, PINS writes that the team’s performance against both its timeliness and quality targets were, broadly, met or exceeded.

In statement in the review, chief executive Sarah Richards said she knows that PINS's "has not been good enough this year".

"We have been clear about the diagnosis of the problem and have put measures in place to return our performance across all casework to an acceptable level by mid-2020. As a result, we have this year welcomed a large number of new inspectors to the organisation. We have sought to optimise the use of our inspector resource through the procurement of non-salaried inspectors and recruitment of appeal planning officers. In the context of a significant increase in caseload in 2018/19, this new intake and flexible resource, once bedded in, will give us greater resilience to tackle our caseload."

The Planning Inspectorate Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19 can be found on the UK Government website.

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