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Increase in planning applications processed reflects high performance of planners, says RTPI

15 September 2016

Figures released by the Department of Communities and Local Government today show an increase in the number of planning permissions granted.

The figures show district level planning authorities in England between April and June:

  • received 132,000 applications for planning permission, up 7% on the corresponding quarter of 2015
  • granted 100,900 decisions, up 6% from the same quarter last year
  • decided 83% of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, up from 79% a year earlier
  • granted 12,200 residential applications, up 8% on a year earlier

Trudi Elliott, RTPI Chief Executive said:

“The increase in planning applications processed by planning authorities demonstrates the significant, ongoing contribution planners make in England to delivery, particularly housing. This is at a time of severe resource constraints within councils. We know many local planning services are surviving on the goodwill and professional integrity of their planners. While these figures demonstrate the high performance of planners, processing applications is just one way they help create prosperous places and vibrant communities.”

Read: Value of Planning Report

Read: Investing in Delivery Report

National Statistics: Planning applications in England: April to June 2016

DCLG: Live tables on planning application statistics