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Planning applications in England: January to March 2013

National statistics about the number of planning applications made and permissions granted in England.

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The latest national statistics on Planning Applications were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 28 June 2013.

Between January and March 2013 district level planning authorities in England:

  • decided 93,800 planning applications, 7% lower than in the same quarter in the previous year
  • granted 77,000 permissions, 6% lower than in the same quarter in 2012
  • granted 88% of applications, compared with 87% in the same quarter in 2012
  • decided 1% fewer residential decisions compared to the March quarter 2012, although numbers of major decisions (10 or more dwellings) were up 7% per cent

In the year ending March 2013, district level planning authorities:

  • decided 418,500 planning applications, a decrease of 4% on the year ending March 2012 figure
  • granted 341,700 permissions, a decrease of 4% compared to the figure for the year to March 2012
  • granted 87% of decisions, unchanged from the previous year
  • decided 58% of major applications in 13 weeks compared with 57% in 2011 to 2012
  • decided 68% of minor applications within 8 weeks compared with 71% in 2011 to 2012
  • decided 81% of other applications in 8 weeks compared with 82% in 2011 to 2012
  • decided 1% fewer residential decisions compared to 2011 to 2012, although major residential decisions were up 2%