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PLANNING APPLICATIONS IN THIRD QUARTER 1993: PART I; DISTRICTS

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DISTRICT COUNCILS: Planning applications; in the third quarter of 1993 Local Planning Authorities (LPAS) in England...
DISTRICT COUNCILS: Planning applications; in the third quarter of 1993 Local Planning Authorities (LPAS) in England received 121 thousand applications for planning permission and other related consents. This was 2% more than for the corresponding period in 1992, the first such increase in planning applications since 1988.

There were small quarter on quarter increases in the number of planning applications received in all regions except the North West where the number received fell by 2%. The largest increases (5%) were in Greater London and the South West.

Planning decisions: Local Planning Authorities made 116 thousand planning decisions in the third quarter of 1993, the same as in the corresponding period of 1992. Most regions showed small decreases (the largest being 3% in the North), but these were offset by increases in Yorkshire and Humberside, the South West and (particularly) a rise of 2% in the South East. Decisions relating to householder developments in England were 1% lower, and new housebuilding decisions 8% lower than in the previous year; these accounted for 40% and 13% of all decisions respectively. With the number of decisions made in each quarter since 1986 for each of the categories of householder, new dwellings and 'other', The key point to note is that the continuing fall since decisions peaked in the third quarter of 1988 appears to have stopped.

Speed of decision: In the third quarter of 1993, 65% of all planning decisions were taken within the statutory eight week period, compared with 64% in the corresponding quarter of 1992. There were improvements in the speed of decision in most regions; the greatest improvements were in the South West and Yorkshire and Humberside areas, where the percentage of decisions made within 8 weeks increased by 4 percentage points

59 authorities (15% of all responding authorities) made 80% or more of their decisions within the statutory eight week period; while at the other end of the scale, only 3% of the authorities made fewer than 40% of decisions within 8 weeks. Applications refused: Local Planning Authorities refused 13% of applications determined in the third quarter of 1993, compared with 15% in the same period in 1992. Refusal rates fell in all regions.

Responding Authorities for July - September 1993: The figures in tables 1 - 3 and above includes estimates for non - responding authorities. Of the 385 local planning authorities, 374 (97%) provided figures in time for this publication.

Enforcement Action by LPAs: In the third quarter of 1993 there were decreases in most types of enforcement activity. A comparison with figures for the same quarter of the previous year in table 6A shows that: the number of enforcement notices issued decreased by 40%; the number of planning contravention notices served decreased by 16%. However there was an increase of 94% in the number served in metropolitan areas outside London; the number of stop notices served decreased by 19%.

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