Planning Decisions and Applications see a Decline in England

Planning authorities at district-level granted 83,500 planning decisions in the fourth quarter of 2019, which is equivalent to 87 per cent of all decisions. According to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), this is 6 per cent fewer than the number granted in the same quarter a year earlier.

Between October and December 2019, 100,300 applications were submitted to district planning authorities for planning permission. This is 7 per cent lower than between October and December in 2018. 

Of those that were major applications, 89 per cent were decided within 13 weeks or the agreed time, which is the same percentage as the corresponding quarter in 2018.

A total of 11,100 residential applications were granted, a 7 per cent decline compared with a year earlier, while 1,500 major developments were granted and 9,600 minor developments were granted.

According to the statistics, 2,100 applications for commercial developments were granted, 8 per cent fewer than the same quarter in 2018. 

Have you been refused planning permission? We are here to help.

If you are unhappy or unclear about the reasons for refusal or the conditions imposed, then we can help. We have a team of chartered planners with a wealth of experience of planning applications.

We can advise on whether changing your plans might make a difference. We can also advise on a ‘re-submission’ with changes.

We can advise on how the refusal may be unreasonable, and options for appealing to the Secretary of State.

Appeals would be a last resort,  they are likely to taken six months to get a decision. We can negotiate with the authority whether changes to your proposal would make it more acceptable or, in cases of non-determination, when your application might be decided if you choose not to appeal.

The deadline for submitting an appeal is six months from the date of the planning decision letter or in the case of non-determination, six months from the date the decision should have been made.

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