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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)
4. Processing Agreements

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.

Table 1: Processing Agreements, 2020/21, Quarter 3 and 4
  Quarter 3 Quarter 4
Category of development Number of Decisions % Within Agreed Timescales Number of Decisions % Within Agreed Timescales
Major Applications 40 60.0% 23 60.9%
Local Applications 596 74.3% 672 72.8%
EIA Developments 2 50.0% 2 100.0%
Other Consents 82 75.6% 130 78.5%
Total 720 73.6% 827 73.4%
Chart 19: Proportion of applications with Processing Agreements
Stacked bar chart showing annual trends since 2016/17 in proportion of applications subject to processing agreements