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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).

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5. Legal Agreements 

The timescales for applications with legal agreements 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.

5.1 Local developments with Legal Agreements

In the first six months of 2020/21 there were 241 decisions on applications for local developments where planning authorities had planning/ legal agreements in place, 100 (29%) fewer than in the same period in the previous year. The average time taken to make decisions on the 153 applications not subject to a processing agreement was 27.1 weeks, just over a week slower than the 26.0 weeks for the same period in 2019/20.

Chart 20: Local developments with Legal Agreements 
Combined line and bar chart showing annual trends since 2016/17 in number of applications determined and average decision times for local applications with legal agreements

5.2 Major developments with Legal Agreements

In the first six months of 2020/21 there were 37 applications for major developments decided where planning authorities had planning/ legal agreements in place, 38 (51%) fewer than in the same period in the previous year. The average time taken to make decisions on the 20 applications not subject to processing agreements was 67.6 weeks, more than 24 weeks slower than the 43.4 weeks for the same period in 2019/20.

Chart 21: Major developments with Legal Agreements
Combined line and bar chart showing annual trends since 2016/17 in number of applications determined and average decision times for major applications with legal agreements

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