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PLANNING APPLICATIONS: PART II; COUNTIES AND METS

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'County Matter' planning applications are predominantly concerned with minerals and waste disposal developments. Ab...
'County Matter' planning applications are predominantly concerned with minerals and waste disposal developments. About two thousand County Matter applications are received each year by County Councils, Metropolitan Districts, London Boroughs and National Parks, compared with about 500 thousand planning applications received by District Councils Because of the smaller number of County Matter decisions, quarterly figures are likely to be much more variable than those for districts.

Planning applications and decisions; In the third quarter of 1993, County Councils in England received 474 planning applications, 5% less than in the third quarter of 1992. The number of decisions made was 440, about the same as in the corresponding period in 1992. Nearly 60% of the decisions were for minor developments. Just over 60% of the decisions made in the quarter were for waste disposal applications; about a quarter were for minerals applications. Eleven per cent of the applications decided were refusals, compared with 16% in the same period of 1992.

Speed of decisions: In the third quarter of 1993, 13% of all planning decisions by county councils were made within the statutory eight week period, compared with 11 per cent in the corresponding quarter of 1992. 40% were made within 13 weeks .

Metropolitan Districts, London Boroughs and National Parks: Metropolitan authorities dealt with 10% of the county matter applications decided in the third quarter of 1993; London Boroughs dealt with just 1%. Eighty per cent of decisions by London Boroughs and 76% by Metropolitan Districts were for waste disposal developments . As in previous quarters, the speed of decision making is higher than that of county councils. Fourteen decisions were made by National Park authorities in the third quarter of 1993.
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