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A record-breaking month for online applications

by on March 3, 2016

February had the largest number of applications ever with 46,874 applications – an increase of 16.4 per cent on February 2015.

The workday average was 2,073 apps per day, up 10.9 per cent from February 2015, a healthy increase.

If this trend continues we may see over 50,000 applications submitted in March, even with an early Easter popping in at the end of the month.

I’ll keep you updated.


  1. Andy Webber (Head of Planning) London Borough of Sutton permalink

    This is very useful but what would be even more helpful if there were a commentary on any underlying trends or reasons for this spike in submissions

  2. sarahchilcott permalink

    Hi Andy,
    Applications seem to be rising across the board, although we have seen a slight above-average increase in Householder applications over the last few years, which now represent about 1/3rd of the total. It would be interesting to see whether any followers of this blog have any further anecdotal insight to add to how application types are changing!
    Of course we continue to work hard with every local authority in England and Wales to support their drive to e-planning, as well as many of the agents, so the growth is coming from that effort as well as the rising market.

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