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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Applications for Major Developments (excludes legacy cases)

There were 126 decisions on major developments in the first two quarters of 2021/22, 6 more than in the same period in the previous year. The average decision time for the 80 of these not subject to processing agreements was 55.0 weeks, 16 weeks slower than the 39.0 weeks for the same period in 2020/21.

Chart 2: Applications for Major Developments (excluding legacy cases)

Combined line and bar chart showing quarterly trends since 2017/18.
Trends show a slight increase in the number of major applications decided in quarter one and slight decrease in quarter two compared to the same quarters in the previous year. Average decision times continue to be higher than for quarters prior to the start of Covid-19 impacts in 2020/21 with 64.0 weeks for quarter one being the slowest quarter in the last five years.

The average decision time of 64.0 weeks for quarter one has been strongly influenced by a small number of lengthy decision times, including four of longer than three years. Three taking longer than five years (5.7, 6.1 and 6.9 years).

Excluding the three applications that took over five years gives an average decision time for the remaining 36 in quarter one of 42.2 weeks, almost 22 weeks quicker.

Further information on the distribution of decision times for major development applications is given in Annex A.

In quarter one there were 30 major development applications with processing agreements, 63.3% (19) met agreed timescales that had been set between developers and local authorities. In quarter two there were 16, 56.3% (9) meeting the agreed timescales.



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