Planning performance statistics 2020/2021: quarterly (April 2020 to September 2020)

This report presents summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for April to September 2020, as well as historic data back to 2016/17. It is based on data collected from Local and Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework (introduced in 2012).

Applications for Local Developments (excludes legacy cases)

There were 10,902 decisions on local developments in the first six months of 2020/21, 2,969 fewer than the same period in the previous year. The average decision time for the 9,619 of these which were not subject to processing agreements was 10.0 weeks, one week slower than the 9.0 weeks for the first six months of 2019/20. Both the number of applications and average decision times were impacted on by restrictions due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Chart 1: Applications for Local Developments (excluding legacy cases)
Combined line and bar chart showing annual trends since 2016/17 in number of applications determined and average decision times for local development

In quarter one of 2020/21 there were 616 local development applications with processing agreements, 78.9% (486) met agreed timescales that had been set between developers and local authorities. In quarter two there were 667, 69.1% (461) meeting the agreed timescales.

There were also two Local Development pre 3rd August 2009 legacy cases determined. Further details about legacy cases can be seen in Section 10.



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