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Planning application submissions: regional recovery at an all-time high

by on June 2, 2021

Regional planning application submission data from April indicates a reduction in the number of applications submitted across all regions when compared to March 2021.

The map shows the percentage change in applications by region from March 2021 to April 2021.

There is more to this data than meets the eye, however. None of these figures show more than a 19% decrease, and it should be taken into account that April has a reduced number of working days due to the Easter holidays.

When comparing April 2021’s figures to those of April 2020, the difference is significant. Regions in the North have seen large increases in application figures: a 92% increase on 2020 in the North East, and a 61% increase on 2019. Up until April 2021, the North East region has shown increases in the number of applications submitted month on month which helps to explain this vast difference. The North West follows at a close second, with an 85% increase when compared to April 2020.

Planning application submissions by region, April 2020 vs April 2021

The South West, which has been in the news a lot recently for its frantic housing market and development plans, has seen the lowest increase in comparison to April 2020, however this is still at +60%.

Over the last few years, the South West has seen consistent levels of submitted applications of all types, indicating that work on extensions and new builds has been completed throughout the region relatively recently. With these developments already having taken place, this may explain why we have not seen the spike in numbers as we have in many other regions following the first lockdown.

The Planning Portal is in the unique position of receiving around 90 per cent of all planning applications submitted to Local Planning Authorities across England and Wales. This means that each month, we are in possession of a unique dataset at the point of submission, giving us unrivalled access to proposed development trends and allowing early insight into what kind of projects are being applied for, and where.

Since May 2020, we have collated this information into a clear and usable report which highlights the trends of the previous month. The Planning Market Insight Report is the earliest source of planning market data available, and each issue features key high-level statistics as well as deeper analysis of a specific sector or topic.

Download the full report for access to national data, application fees analysis and this month’s ‘deep dive’ into the changing nature of Out of Home advertising throughout the pandemic.

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