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Local Planning Authorities: A focus on Wales

by on October 1, 2021

This month’s Planning Market Insight Report took at look at planning application submissions to Local Authorities in Wales. There are 25 Local Planning Authorities in Wales, with 22 unitary authorities and three National Park authorities.

When looking at application submissions in Wales over the past two years, they represent around 3.5% of the total applications submitted online. Traditionally, submission numbers are lower than most of the English regions.

Wales experienced the same downturn in submissions as the English authorities during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but when comparing the total submissions of 2019 vs 2020 achieved an increase of 8%. Looking more recently at the first eight months of 2021 vs 2020, submissions have continued to increase considerably with 18,288 received so far against 13,911 in 2020. This is a percentage increase of 31% and has added to the burden of stretched resources within the authorities.

Cardiff Council receive the highest numbers of applications of all the authorities, followed by Swansea Council and Carmarthenshire County Council. However, it’s interesting to see that Swansea experienced a fall of 3% (48 applications) in 2020 when compared to 2019, but has recovered strongly so far in 2021, up by 31% (an additional 324 applications).

This analysis is part of the Planning Portal Planning Market Insight Report. 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. You can access the full report here, or sign up to receive it directly to your inbox each month.

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