Statistical data set

Interim local planning authority performance tables

Information on the speed and quality of decisions on applications for major development.

Local planning authority performance can be found in Table P151: district and ‘county matters’ planning authorities performance - speed of decisions.

Table 1: interim planning performance speed of decisions, July 2011 to March 2013 (revised)

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Table 2: interim planning performance quality of decisions, October 2010 to September 2012 (revised)

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These tables present data on the performance of local planning authorities against the published criteria for assessing under-performance under section 62B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

These are interim tables, as statistics for the whole of the assessment period for making any initial designations under section 62B are not yet available. These tables should not be taken as an indication that any particular authorities will be designated once information for the assessment period as a whole becomes available in September and October this year.

The tables provide information on the speed and quality of decisions on applications for major development, for both district matter and county matter authorities. Some authorities are responsible for both district and county matter applications, so appear under both headings.

Quarterly statistics are presented for the speed of decisions, together with the overall figure for the period shown. This period is the 21 months to the end of March 2013 (whereas any initial designations will be based on the 24 month period to the end of June 2013, when that information becomes available). The statistics reflect the system of imputing for missing values and penalties for missing data described in the published criteria document.

For the quality of decisions the statistics show the overall figure for planning applications determined in the 24 months to the end of September 2012 (and subsequent appeal decisions to the end of June 2013). Any initial designations of local planning authorities that are made in the autumn this year on the basis of quality will relate to applications decided in the 24 months to the end of December 2012 (and subsequent appeal decisions to the end of September 2013). The statistics reflect the system of imputing for missing values described in the published criteria document.

The statistics take into account the information recorded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. For the speed of processing applications for major development this includes the extent to which planning performance agreements were determined on time in district matter authorities, and the extent to which applications subject to Environmental Impact Assessment were determined within 16 weeks in county matter authorities.

Future statistical releases in this series will reflect changes to data collection being introduced from the first quarter of 2013 to 2014: from that quarter onwards it will include the extent to which all applications for major development are determined within the relevant statutory period, or such longer period as has been agreed in writing between the applicant and the local planning authority.

Local planning authorities have until 9 August 2013 to complete their statistical returns for the first quarter of 2013 to 2014; and local planning authorities are also encouraged to use this opportunity to fill any gaps in the figures that they have supplied previously.

These tables contain updated information on planning performance for county matter authorities. They are based on major decisions only as defined in the published criteria for designation. The refreshed data also contain corrections for missing returns and recording of time periods. It amends the information published on 30 July 2013. The information published previously for district matter authorities is unaffected.

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Published 30 July 2013
Last updated 16 September 2013 + show all updates
  1. Added updated information on planning performance for county matter authorities - revised tables.
  2. First published.