In the third quarter of 1996, district planning authorities in England received 120 thousand applications for planning permission and other related consents, 5 per cent more than in the corresponding period in 1995 (Table 1).
The number of applications received increased in all regions except Yorkshire and The Humber.
Applications rose by 10 per cent in London and by 9 per cent in the West Midlands.
District planning authorities made 114 thousand planning decisions in the third quarter of 1996, around 1 per cent more than in the same period in 1995.
The number of decisions fell by 5 per cent in Yorkshire and The Humber and in Merseyside, but rose by 8 per cent in London.
The number of decisions relating to householder developments in England increased by 7 per cent compared with a year earlier while decisions relating to new dwellings fell by 9 per cent.
These accounted for 39 per cent and 11 per cent of all decisions respectively.
Speed of decision
In the third quarter of 1996, 64 per cent of all planning decisions were made within the statutory eight week period, one percentage point lower than in the corresponding quarter of 1995.
There was little change in speed of decision in most regions, except in Yorkshire & The Humber, where the percentage of decisions within 8 weeks fell by 5 percentage points.
Sixteen authorities made fewer than 40 per cent of decisions within 8 weeks.
District planning authorities refused 12 per cent of applications determined in the third quarter of 1996, the same proportion as a year earlier.
Refusal rates were virtually unchanged in most regions.
Responding Authorities for July to September 1996
Of the 375 district planning authorities, 362 provided figures in time for this publication, 97 per cent of all authorities.