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The latest national statistics on planning applications were released under the auspices of the UK Statistics Authority on 19 December 2013.
Between July and September 2013 district level planning authorities in England:
decided 114,000 planning applications, 3% higher than in the same quarter in the previous year
granted 93,500 permissions, 4% higher than in the same quarter in 2012
granted 88% of applications, compared with 87% in the same quarter in 2012
decided 10% more residential decisions compared to the September quarter 2012, with numbers of major decisions (10 or more dwellings) up by 42%
In the year ending September 2013, district level planning authorities:
decided 422,000 planning applications, a decrease of 2% compared to the figure for the year to September 2012
granted 346,400 permissions, a decrease of 1% compared to the figure for the year to September 2012
granted 88% of decisions, an increase of 1 percentage point when compared to the previous year
decided 62% of major applications in 13 weeks compared with 56% in the previous year
decided 69% of minor applications and 83% of others in 8 weeks compared with 69% and 81% respectively in the previous year
decided 6% more residential decisions compared to the previous year, with major residential decisions up by 26%