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Planning Performance Statistics 2020/21: Quarterly (October 2020 To March 2021)

Published: 20 Jul 2021

This report presents summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for October 2020 to March 2021, 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).

Planning Performance Statistics 2020/21: Quarterly (October 2020 To March 2021)
Annex A: Distribution of Decision Times for Major Applications

Annex A: Distribution of Decision Times for Major Applications

Each column of dots shows the distribution of decision times for the applications in the category. Each dot represents one application (some dots land on top of one other). Where there were two or more applications horizontal lines show the mean and median decision times.

The overall average decision time figures of 35.9 and 53.1 weeks have been strongly influenced by a number of lengthy decision times, including 22 of longer than a year – 7 in quarter three and 15 in quarter four. Two in quarter three and three in quarter four had decision times of longer than two years. The longest in quarter three taking 5.7 years and in quarter four the longest took just under ten years.

Housing Major

In quarter three seven major housing applications had decision times of more than one year, the longest taking 5.7 years. The average decision time of 51.7 weeks was significantly influenced by the application with the longest decision time. The average decision time for the remaining 21 applications was 40.0 weeks, more than 11 weeks quicker.

In quarter four, 11 major housing applications had decision times of more than one year, the longest taking almost 10 years. The average decision time (58.7 weeks) was significantly influenced by the application taking 9.9 years with the remaining 25 applications averaging 40.5 weeks, more than 18 weeks quicker.

Chart 22: Distribution of decision times in quarter three 2020/21 for major applications
Scatter plot showing the distribution of average decision times for major applications determined in Quarter 3 by development type.
Chart 23: Distribution of decision times in quarter four 2020/21 for major applications
Scatter plot showing the distribution of average decision times for major applications determined in Quarter 4 by development type.

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