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Householder applications continue to drive a rise in plans submitted

by on November 12, 2020

November’s Planning Market Insight Report provides further insight into this most unusual of years, where planning application patterns are deviating from the usual trends.

Yet again, last month’s planning application numbers were particularly high, almost equal to the number received in July 2020 (the highest on record). Against October last year, applications were up 23 per cent, and moving into November applications usually begin to tail off as we get closer to the end of the year. Whether this will be the case this year with further restrictions in place remains to be seen.

However, as we reported last month, it is again the householder applications that are driving this rise, up 43 per cent year on year – Full Planning and associated consents remain only on a par with October 2019. Disappointingly, outline consents are down five per cent in comparison to last year, which could indicate an instability in this sector of the market: are investors displaying a lack of confidence in light of the economic damage caused by the pandemic?

November’s report delves into who is submitting applications, exploring in detail the split between submissions made directly by the applicant and those made by an agent:

  • How has this shifted when comparing 2020 against 2019?
  • How does this vary by region?
  • Who are the largest companies submitting via the Planning Portal?

November’s Planning Market Insight Report is available here.

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One Comment
  1. PW Planning permalink

    Ah ha – see you then!!

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