4. Processing Agreements
Some local authorities use processing agreements where the developer and the local authority agree on timescales for decisions. Applications subject to a processing agreement are not included in average decision time calculations.
In the first six months of 2020/21 there were 1,555 applications decided that had processing agreements, 336 (28%) more than in the same period in the previous year.
In quarter one 11.3% of all applications (761 of 6,712) had processing agreements, in quarter two 11.1% (794 of 7,176) of all applications had a processing agreement.
Both quarters show a notable increase in the percentage of applications with processing agreeements when compared with the same period in the previous year (6.8% and 6.9%). A number of authorities reported an increased use of processing agreements as part of measures to manage the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and delays.
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