Happy New Year! The 2012 stats are just in – Portal as popular as the Louvre
Firstly, I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to you all.
Here we are. The craziness behind us and another year of doom and gloom ahead.
Fear not though, the team and I will endeavour to inspire you to overcome the January blues and face the year with fortitude and resilience. I promise to do my utmost throughout 2013 to keep your spirits up with tales of development derring-do and exceptional feats of planning positivism.
For now I offer up a statistical tidbit recounting the Planning Portal’s performance in 2012.
Perhaps surprisingly, given the times in which we endure, we have experienced continued growth across all key measurables (my salary not included).
We have broken a new ceiling, in that we’ve received more than 10 million visits in a single year for the first time (similar to the French picture house, The Louvre) and despite the perceived dip in development, we have seen planning applications submitted via the Portal increase by more than 20,000 to 296,185, an increase of 8% on 2011.
The total number of pages viewed by the good folk of this nation (and a few further afield) was 108,277,506, a massive 12% increase on 2011.
Most notably, there were 10,600,325 visits to our website. This equates to a mammoth increase of 19% on the paltry 8,921,884 received last year.
Other notable metrics include a rise of 17% in downloads of Building Regulations Approved Documents to just short of 2 Million at 1,942,276 and finally this little old blog had more than 110,000 visits, which is extremely gratifying.
Thanks to all who have taken the time to contribute, moan, praise or generally just get involved and in particular to those of you who despite recognising our occasionally less than perfect system, have persevered anyway.
Come on 2013 bring it on! I’ve a feeling that it’s going be a good ‘un.