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Planning Inspectorate publishes annual report and accounts for 2015/16

The Planning Inspectorate has today laid its Annual Report and Accounts before Parliament for the period April 2015 to March 2016.


The Annual Report and Accounts sets out the Inspectorate’s performance and financial position for the year, during which the organisation achieved a great deal:

  • the proportion of appeals meeting the Planning Guarantee increased from almost 85% to over 93%
  • all Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) casework met the statutory targets, including the fiftieth NSIP to be decided since the start of the Planning Act (2008) regime
  • all Development Plans and Community Infrastructure Levy schedules were examined within agreed timescales *in Wales, the Inspectorate exceeded tighter targets of 85% for both planning and enforcement appeals

The report acknowledges that in several areas of the planning appeals service the organisation fell short of meeting its targets, resulting in many customers experiencing significant delays. The Performance summary at Section 1.1d sets out in more detail what has been achieved, and what continues to be done to improve performance during 2016/17.

Published 19 July 2016