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Planning applications statistics: July to September 2013 England published

by on December 19, 2013

Headline Statistics

Between July and September 2013 district level planning authorities in England:

  • decided 114,000 planning applications, 3 per cent higher than in the same quarter in the previous year
  • granted 93,500 permissions, 4 per cent higher than in the same quarter in 2012
  • granted 88 per cent of applications, compared with 87 per cent in the same quarter in 2012
  • 69 per cent of major applications were processed within 13 weeks, compared with 57 per cent in the same quarter in 2012
  • LPAs decided 10 per cent more residential decisions compared to the September quarter 2012, with numbers of major decisions (10 or more dwellings) up by 42 per cent
  • the number of applications received increased by 5 per cent compared to the June 2013 quarter, while the number of applications decided and granted in the September 2013 quarter both increased by 4 per cent and 4 per cent respectively from the corresponding numbers in the June 2013 quarter

More information is available from the statistical release and  accompanying live table.

Planning Portal Statistics

In this period you submitted 91,970 online applications – an increase of 18% on the same period last year, making the percentage of applications for Q2 2013/14 a fantastic 73.7%

One Comment
  1. Simon Evans permalink

    Who was it said “There are lies, d****d lies, and statistics”? One of the things that figures like this don’t reveal is that one reason for the increase in applications is that so many more have to be made for the same thing. Because of the pressure to decide applications within eight weeks, it is now common to have to withdraw an application and re-submit where previously you could have negotiated an extension of time. Also, we now have to make formal applications for discharging conditions, often in several bites. So what would once have been a single planning application could now easily be three or more.

    What I would be interested in knowing is whether the extra charges that LPAs can now levy (planning applications having once been free) actually covers the cost of the much greater weight of bureaucracy that it all involves. After all, there is not much point in “stealth” taxation if it actually makes things no better.

    Mind you, it has to be encouraging to see figures improving, even if only marginally.

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