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Planning performance statistics 2021/2022: Quarterly (April 2021 to September 2021)

This report presents summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for April to September 2021, as well as historic data back to 2017/18. 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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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 64.0 and 46.3 weeks have been strongly influenced by a number of lengthy decision times, including four of longer than three years in quarter one. Three of these from a single authority had decision times of longer than five years.

Housing Major

In quarter one, 5 of the 17 major housing applications not subject to a processing agreement had decision times of more than two years, the longest two taking 5.7 and 6.1 years. The average decision time of 84.9 weeks was notably influenced by the two applications with the longest decision time. The average decision time for the remaining 15 applications was 55.0 weeks, almost 30 weeks quicker.

In quarter two, 2 of 14 had decision times of more than two years, the longest taking 2.4 years. The average decision time (59.1 weeks) was influenced by these applications with the remaining 12 applications averaging 48.4 weeks, more than 10 weeks quicker.

Chart 23: Distribution of decision times in quarter one 2021/22 for major applications

Scatter plot showing the distribution of average decision times for major applications determined in Quarter 1 by development type.

Chart 24: Distribution of decision times in quarter two 2021/22 for major applications

Scatter plot showing the distribution of average decision times for major applications determined in Quarter 2 by development type.

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