Publication - Statistics

Planning performance statistics 2019/2020: quarterly (October to March)

Published: 21 Jul 2020
Housing and Social Justice Directorate
Part of:
Building, planning and design

Summary statistics on planning decision-making and timescales for April 2019 to March 2020 with historic data going back to 2015/2016. It is based on data we collect from local and planning authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework (introduced in 2012).

Planning performance statistics 2019/2020: quarterly (October to March)
Applications for Major Developments (excludes legacy cases)

Applications for Major Developments (excludes legacy cases)

There were 136 decisions on major developments in the final six months of 2019/20, 15 fewer than in the same period in the previous year. The average decision time for the 90 of these not subject to processing agreements was 35.7 weeks, almost six weeks slower than the 29.8 weeks for the same period in 2018/19.

Chart 2: Applications for Major Developments (excluding legacy cases)
Combined line and bar chart showing annual trends since 2015/16 in number of applications determined and average decision times for major developments

The average decision time figures of 31.7 and 40.1 weeks for quarters three and four have been influenced by a number of lengthier decision times, including 19 decision times of longer than a year – seven in quarter three and twelve in quarter four. Two in each quarter had decision times of longer than two years. The longest, in quarter four, taking 4 years.

If the applications that took over two years are excluded the average decision time for quarter three would be 27.1 weeks, over four weeks quicker. For quarter four the average decision time would be 34.1 weeks, a reduction of 6 weeks.

Further information on the distribution of decision times for major development applications is given in Annex A.

In quarter three of 2019/20 there were 28 major development applications with processing agreements, 75.0% (21) met agreed timescales that had been set between developers and local authorities. In quarter four there were 18, 55.6% (10) meeting the agreed timescales.

In quarter three major applications with processing agreements accounted for 37% of all the decisions made for major developments (28 of 75). In quarter four this dropped to 29.5%, 18 of 61 major applications.

There was also one Major Development pre 3rd August 2009 legacy case determined. Further details about legacy cases can be seen in Section 10.