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Planning performance statistics: fourth quarter 2017-2018 and annual

Published: 24 Jul 2018

Latest summary statistics on planning decision-making and timescales for the year April 2017 to March 2018, as well as historic data going back to 2013-2014.

Planning performance statistics: fourth quarter 2017-2018 and annual
6. Average decision times - Quarterly trends for Legal Agreements

6. Average decision times - Quarterly trends for Legal Agreements

The timescales for applications with legal agreements ( Quarter 4, 2017/18: Tables 2 & 3) are dependent on the nature of the application, the particular complexities involved and the willingness of both the applicant and the planning authority to progress the matter at pace. Delays in concluding legal agreements are one of the more frequent reasons for the clock to be stopped on the decision time for an application. Better reporting of these delays is likely to contribute to some improvement in average decision times.

6.1 Local Developments with Legal Agreements

In the latest quarter there were 79 applications (validated post 3rd August 2009) where planning authorities have had planning/legal agreements in place for local developments. The average time taken to make decisions on these applications was 32.4 weeks, more than eight weeks slower than both the previous quarter and the quarter four figure in 2016/17 (24.3 weeks).

Chart 37: Local Developments with Legal Agreements: Number of decisions

Chart 37: Local Developments with Legal Agreements: Number of decisions

Chart 38: Local Developments with Legal Agreements: Average decision time (weeks)

Chart 38: Local Developments with Legal Agreements: Average decision time (weeks)

6.2 Major Developments with Legal Agreements

There were 23 applications (validated post 3rd August 2009) where planning authorities have had planning/legal agreements in place for major developments. The average time taken to make decisions on these applications was 49.9 weeks in quarter four of 2017/18, more than 10 weeks slower than the previous quarter (39.3 weeks) and three and a half weeks slower than the equivalent quarter four figure in 2016/17 (46.4 weeks).

Chart 39: Major Developments with Legal Agreements: Number of decisions

Chart 39: Major Developments with Legal Agreements: Number of decisions

Chart 40: Major Developments with Legal Agreements: Average decision time (weeks)

Chart 40: Major Developments with Legal Agreements: Average decision time (weeks)

The timescales involved in concluding legal agreements prior to issue of planning permission will have had a significant influence on the overall average decision times for major applications.


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