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The EU referendum and planning applications

by on August 18, 2016

Its been nearly 2 months now since the shock result of the EU referendum.  There was a lot of talk at the time about a slow down in the housing market and concerns about the impact on the economy.  Of course its still too early to say what the long-term impact will be, but I thought you might be interested to know that there doesn’t seem to have been much of an impact on planning application numbers so far, at least those submitted online.

In the first half of this year we were consistently running at  around 2,000 applications submitted via the Portal each working day, and since the 23 June we’ve been running at …. around 2,000 applications a day!  July was just slightly under 2,000 in fact, as you can see from the graph below, but the pattern is what we’d expect for this time of the year.

The mix of application types also seems fairly standard.

So, in this case it seems that no news is indeed good news….

workday averages

  1. How this application numbers are counted, Does this include any of the existing house(Es) extension plans submissions also or just the new large scale (Developers) applications only.
    Its best to give some difference and make matter of extension planning easier for young family buying houses that need modernisation to the present standards required by Building Regulation.

    • sarahchilcott permalink

      Hi. The applications include every type of planning application which can be done online – everything from a household extension to major applications, as well as advertising consents, change of use etc…

  2. john newton permalink

    Why was it a ‘shock result’ ? Democracy in action giving our leaders not what they regarded as a forgone conclusion. Tough!!!

    • Andrew Moody permalink

      It was a shock result because to quote an expert (but then what do they know – sarcasm) ” The referendum was won on a drumbeat of anti-foreigner sentiment. It’s the same tune being played by demagogues in every corner of the globe. It’s the same tune that was played in the 1930s. It’s the same old beat that rises in volume when people are afraid. In the UK, it’s echoed by a rabidly right-wing press and unchallenged by a flaccid establishment media. Mixed by a band of unscrupulous liars and political zealots, it has become a tsunami of bile that has downed and drowned a once great nation. The only question is which other countries will now be swept along in this poisonous flood “

      • sarahchilcott permalink

        Ok folks. I’ve published a comment from both points of view but won’t publish any more political comments. Happy to hear any comments about this data tallies with your own experiences on the ground. Thanks, Sarah

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