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Planning applications in England: October to December 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 21 March 2014.

Between October and December 2013 district level planning authorities in England:

  • decided 104,700 planning applications, 1% higher than in the same quarter in the previous year
  • granted 85,200 permissions, unchanged from the same quarter in 2012
  • granted 88% of applications, compared with 87% in the same quarter in 2012
  • decided 74% of major applications in 13 weeks
  • decided 6% more residential decisions compared to the December quarter 2012, with numbers of major decisions (10 or more dwellings) up by 36%

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

  • decided 422,900 planning applications, a decrease of 1% compared to the figure for the year to December 2012
  • granted 346,800 permissions, no change compared to the figure for the year to December 2012
  • granted 88% of decisions, compared to 87% in the previous year
  • decided 67% of major applications in 13 weeks
  • decided 70% of minor applications and 83% of others in 8 weeks compared with 68% and 81% respectively in the previous year
  • decided 3% more residential decisions compared to the previous year, with major residential decisions up by 31%