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The latest national statistics on planning applications were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 31 January 2013.
In the period July to September 2012 authorities undertaking district-level planning in England:
received 113,100 applications for planning permission, a decrease of 7% compared with the corresponding quarter in 2011
decided 110,500 planning applications, 5% lower than in the same quarter in the previous year
granted 89,900 permissions, 5% lower than in the same quarter in 2011
decided 3% fewer residential decisions compared to the September quarter 2011
In the year ending September 2012, district-level planning authorities:
received 466,900 applications, a decrease of 2% on the year ending September 2011 figure
decided 429,900 planning applications, a decrease of 1% on the year ending September 2011 figure
granted 350,400 permissions, a small decrease compared to the figure for the year to September 2011
decided 57% cent of major applications in 13 weeks, 69% of minors and 81% of others in 8 weeks; this compares to 62% for majors, 72% for minors and 84% for others in the year ending September 2011
decided 1% fewer residential decisions compared to the year ending September 2011.