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STATISTICS OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS - APRIL TO JUNE 98

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DISTRICT PLANNING AUTHORITIES

In the second quarter of 1998, district planning authorities in England received 132,000 applications for planning permission and other related consents, 3 per cent fewer than in the corresponding period in 1997.

The number of applications received fell in all regions except the West Midlands where they were virtually unchanged. The largest reductions were in the East Midlands (down 8%), the North East (down 7%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (down 6%).

District planning authorities made 120,000 planning decisions in the second quarter of 1998, the same number as in the corresponding period in 1997. The largest increases were in Yorkshire

and the Humber and the North East where decisions were 6% higher than a year earlier. The number of decisions fell in the East Midlands by 6%.

The number of decisions relating to householder developments in England was 8% higher than a year earlier, while the number relating to new dwellings fell by 3%. These accounted for 44% and 11% of all decisions respectively.

District planning authorities granted 88% of the applications they decided in the second quarter of 1998, the same as in the corresponding period in 1997. There was little change in approval rates for each region.

In the second quarter of 1998, 63%t of all planning decisions were made within the statutory 8 week period, 1 percentage point lower than in the corresponding quarter of 1997. The percentage of decisions made within 8 weeks increased in Merseyside (by 3 percentage points), was broadly unchanged in London and Yorkshire and the Humber and fell in all other regions.

Authorities made 85 per cent of all decisions within 13 weeks.

There were 39 authorities (11% of all those responding authorities) making 80 per cent or more of their decisions within the statutory 8 week period and 21 authorities making fewer than 40 per cent of decisions within 8 weeks.

Authorities for April to June 1998

Of the 362 district planning authorities, 352 provided figures in time for this publication (that is, 97 per cent of all authorities). The figures reported above and in Tables 1 to 3 include estimates for non-responding authorities.

decided under delegated powers

Since April 1997, district planning authorities have provided

information about the number of applications decided by planning

officers under a scheme of delegation and without referral to

committee or councillors.

Of the 349 authorities that provided information about delegated

decisions in the second quarter of 1998, only 4 per cent did not use

delegated powers for any decisions.

From April 1997, district planning authorities have provided

information about the number of applications decided which were

advertised as departures from the development plan in force, and the

number of departure applications which were granted.

A total of 351 authorities (97 per cent) were able to provide

this information for the period April to June 1998. Of the planning

decisions taken by these authorities, 829 were advertised as

departures from the development plan, just under 1 per cent of the

total. New dwellings accounted for 40 per cent of departures

decisions. An average of 56 per cent of departure applications were

granted, compared with 88 per cent of planning applications overall.

action by district planning authorities

In April to June 1998, district planning authorities issued 1,075 Enforcement Notices and served 1,303 Planning Contravention Notices, 396 Breach of Condition Notices and 42 Stop Notices. The high court or county court granted 17 Enforcement Injunctions and 7 were refused.

3 and 4 consents

Under Regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, a

local planning authority makes an application to itself for

permission to develop land within its area, and determines that

application. In the second quarter of 1998, 1,062 Regulation 3

consents were granted and 120 Regulation 4 consents were granted.

Regulation 4 is concerned with planning permission for development of

land in which the local planning authority has an interest but which

it does not itself propose to carry out.

for determination

In the second quarter of 1998, district planning authorities

received 2,623 applications for determination whether local authority

approval is required for certain works. This is 35 per cent fewer

than in the corresponding period in 1997 (Table 6). District planning

authorities decided to intervene in 354 cases (13 per cent), a fall

of 3 percentage points on the first quarter of 1998.

COUNTY MATTERS

County matters' planning applications are predominantly

concerned with minerals extraction and waste disposal developments.

They are decided by the county-level planning authorities - that is,

county councils, metropolitan districts, unitary authorities, London

boroughs, urban development corporations (within metropolitan areas)

and national park authorities. However, because of the nature of

county matters applications, the large majority are handled by the

county councils.

County planning authorities receive about 2,000 county

matters' applications each year. This compares with about 500

thousand planning applications received by district planning

authorities. Quarterly figures for county matters' decisions are

likely to be much more variable than those for districts because of

the smaller numbers of such decisions.

pplications and decisions

In the second quarter of 1998, county planning authorities

received 470 planning applications, 24 percentage points lower than

for the corresponding quarter of 1997. County councils accounted for

78 per cent of total applications and metropolitan districts for a

further 12 per cent. Hampshire received the highest number of applications (25) in the quarter.

County planning authorities made 400 planning decisions in the

quarter, 17 per cent fewer than a year earlier. Of these, 89 per cent

were granted, the same as in the corresponding period in 1997. Waste

developments accounted for 61 per cent of total decisions and

minerals developments for 31 per cent. Cumbria, Kent and

Northumberland each reported the highest number of decisions (19) in

the quarter.

In the second quarter of 1998, 15 per cent of all decisions on

county matters' applications were made within the statutory 8 week

period, 3 percentage points higher than in the corresponding quarter

of 1997. Decisions were made within 13 weeks by 39 per cent of

authorities and within 17 weeks by 59 per cent.

County planning authorities have provided statistics on formal

enforcement action taken each quarter since April 1995.

In the period April to June 1998, county planning authorities

issued 32 Enforcement Notices and served 5 Stop Notices, 68 Planning

Contravention Notices and 15 Breach of Condition Notices.

Of the 157 county planning authorities, 151 (96 per cent)

provided figures in time for this publication.

NOTES

Planning Authorities

. The term district planning authorities' describes the group of

authorities with responsibility for deciding planning applications at

district-level': metropolitan and non-metropolitan districts, new

unitary authorities (those created from April 1995 onwards), London

boroughs, national park authorities and (prior to 1 April1998) urban

development corporations.

. Statistics of planning applications received and decided by

district planning authorities have been collected on a quarterly

basis since April 1979, on the PS1 and PS2 General Development

Control statistical returns. Prior to April 1986, these returns

covered applications and decisions under Section 29 of the Town and

Country Planning Act 1971 (since replaced by Section 70 of the

consolidated Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which came into force

in August 1990).

. Since then, data collection has been extended to cover other

types of application requiring permission from local authorities,

including listed building consents, conservation area consents and

consent to display advertisements. This reflects the wider range of

planning casework handled by district planning authorities. From

April 1997, data have also been collected on receipt of Environmental

Statements with planning applications, on the use of delegated

powers, and on applications which the authority decided to advertise

as departures from the Development Plan.

. District planning authorities are sent the quarterly information

bulletin together with more detailed figures for individual

authorities in their respective Government Office region. These

provide a set of yardsticks against which authorities can judge their

own figures.

. County councils, unitary authorities (from 1 April 1995),

metropolitan district councils, (including urban development

corporations prior to April 1998), London borough councils and

national park authorities are responsible for determining planning

applications and types of development described as county matters'.

These are predominantly concerned with minerals extraction and waste

disposal developments, as set out in Schedule 1 of the Town and

Country Planning Act 1990, the Town and Country Planning

(Prescription of County Matters) Regulations 1980 (SI 1980/2010) and

in Annex 7 of Planning Policy Guidance Note 23 Planning and

Pollution Control'.

6. Until March 1986 decisions made by county councils had been

included in the returns (PS1/PS2) submitted by the district planning

authorities. A review of these returns in 1985 recommended that

information about county council applications should be collected

separately and a quarterly collection of county council development

control statistics relating to county matters' planning applications

(the CPS1/2 Return) was introduced from the beginning of April 1989.

From April 1992, data collection was extended to cover other types of

authority (listed above) with responsibility for county matters'

applications. From April 1995, the scope of the quarterly survey was

widened to include collection of data on enforcement action taken by

authorities relating to county matters' developments and from April

1997, data have also been collected on receipt of Environmental

Statements with county matters' planning applications.

presentation

. All figures included in the commentary have been calculated

using unrounded data. As a result, there may be some apparent

discrepancy with figures shown in the tables.

The reorganisation of local government in England has

necessitated a change in the presentation of statistics for local

authority areas.

We have undertaken a spring cleaning' exercise relating to

historic data since publication of the last Information Bulletin. A

number of outstanding queries on returns were resolved and several

duplicate records were removed from the database.

. The primary classification for the presentation of regional

statistics has changed from the Standard Statistical Regions (SSRs)

to Government Office Regions (GORs).

Figures for the Standard Statistical Regions are available on request

from the Planning and Land Use Statistics Division, Department of the

Environment, Transport and the Regions, 3/K9, Eland House, Bressenden

Place, London SW1E 5DU. Tel. 0171 890 5502 Fax. 0171 890 5519.

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