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 final six months of 2020/21 there were 1,547 applications decided that had processing agreements, 354 more than in the same period in the previous year, a 30% increase.
In quarter three 8.6% of all applications (720 of 8,410) had processing agreements, in quarter four this increased to 9.5% (827 of 8,717) of all applications having a processing agreement.
Planning authorities reported increased use of processing agreements, particulary for local applications, throughout 2020/21 as part of the management of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and delays.
|Quarter 3||Quarter 4|
|Category of development||Number of Decisions||% Within Agreed Timescales||Number of Decisions||% Within Agreed Timescales|