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Planning news – 6 January 2022: 19% increase in applications approved in year to September 2021

by on January 6, 2022

Our planning news is published in association with ThePlanner, the official magazine of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

19% increase in applications approved in year to September 2021

District-level planning authorities granted 372,200 decisions in the year ending September 2021 – 19 per cent more than in the year ending September 2020.

Of these decisions 39,200 were for residential developments, 4,900 were for major developments and 34,300 were for minor developments

The number for major developments is down 5 per cent on the year ending September 2020 and down 3 per cent for minor developments.

According to the statistical release, which was published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), between July and September 2021, 114,400 applications were submitted to district-level planning authorities. This is an increase of 7 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2020.

They granted 99,700 decisions, an increase of 26 per cent compared with July to September 2020.

The release states that 85 per cent of major applications were decided within 13 weeks or the agreed times, which is three percentage points down on the same quarter a year earlier.

Other statistics in the release include:

  • 9,600 residential applications were granted, which is down 3 per cent on a year earlier. This breaks down to 1,100 major developments and 8,500 minor developments.
  • 2,000 applications for commercial developments were granted, which is 19 per cent more than a year earlier.
  • 68,100 householder development applications were decided. This is 37 per cent more than a year earlier. Also, this accounted for 61 per cent of all decisions, up from 55 per cent a year earlier.

Planning applications in England: July to September 2021 can be found on the UK Government website.

16 December 2021
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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