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STATS OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS APRIL TO JUNE 1995

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In the second quarter of 1995 district planning authorities in England received 123,000 applications for planning p...
In the second quarter of 1995 district planning authorities in England received 123,000 applications for planning permission and other related consents, two per cent fewer than in the corresponding period in 1994.

The number of applications received was lower than a year ago in all regions except London and the South East.

Applications fell by seven per cent in the North West and by six per cent in Yorkshire and Humberside, but rose by four per cent in London.

Planning decisions

District planning authorities made 116,000 planning decisions in the second quarter of 1995, less than one per cent fewer than in the same period in 1994.

The number of decisions fell in seven of the nine regions, the largest fall being six per cent in the North.

In contrast, decisions rose by six per cent in London.

The number of decisions relating to householder developments and new housebuilding decisions in England both fell by six per cent.

These accounted for 38% and 12% of all decisions respectively, a slightly lower proportion than a year ago.

Chart 1 shows the number of decisions made in each quarter since 1987 for each of the categories of householder, new dwellings and 'other'.

Speed of decision

In the second quarter of 1995, 66% of all planning decisions were taken within the statutory eight week period, the same proportion as in the corresponding quarter of 1994.

There were small improvements in the speed of decision in four regions; the greatest was in Yorkshire and Humberside, where the proportion of decisions made within eight weeks rose by two percentage points.

In other regions the speed of decision was virtually unchanged, while in the East Midlands the proportion of decisions made within eight weeks was two percentage points lower than a year earlier.

The proportion of decisions made within eight weeks by individual district planning authorities shows that 60 authorities (16% of all responding authorities) made 80% or more of their decisions within the statutory eight week period.

Only three of the responding authorities made fewer than 40% of decisions within eight weeks.

Applications refused

District planning authorities refused 12% of applications determined in the second quarter of 1995, the same proportion as a year earlier. Refusal rates were virtually unchanged in most regions.

Responding Authorities for April - June 1995

Of the 385 district planning authorities, 372 provided figures in time for this publication (that is, 97% of all authorities).

Enforcement action by LPAs

In each quarter since data collection began in April 1992 the use of Enforcement Notices has declined from a peak of nearly 2,400 in July to September 1992 to under 1,300 in April to June 1994, since when the number has remained relatively stable.

The figure for April to June 1995 was 1,262 Enforcement Notices issued.

The number of Stop Notices served fell from 297 in 1992/93 to 242 in 1994/95. A total of 43 Stop Notices were served in the second quarter of 1995.

The numberof Breach of Condition Notices served fell from 373 in the second quarter of 1994 to 350 in the same period in 1995, while the number of Planning Contravention Notices served was virtually unchanged at 984 (981 in April to June 1994).

Thirty three Enforcement Injunctions were granted by the High Court or County Court in the second quarter of 1995, the highest number recorded in any quarter since April 1992.

Regulation 3 and 4 consents

A total of 1,142 Regulation 3 consents were granted in the second quarter of 1995, just under one per cent more than in the same period in 1994. In contrast, the number of Regulation 4 Consents granted fell by 27 per cent, from 196 to 144.

Applications for determination

From April 1994, district planning authorities have provided information about the numbers of applications for determination whether local authority approval is required for certain works.

Details of the legislation under which this information is provided were given in the April-June 1994 edition of this bulletin (No. 543, published September 1994).

In the second quarter of 1995, district planning authorities received 2,097 determination applications and decided to intervene in 289 (14%) cases. The number of determination applications received and interventions fell by 15% and 25% respectively, compared with the second quarter of 1994.

COUNTY MATTERS

'County matter' planning applications are predominantly concerned with minerals and waste developments.

About 2,000 'county matter' applications are received each year by county planning authorities (that is, county councils, metropolitan districts, London boroughs, national park authorities, some urban development corporations and unitary authorities), compared with about 500,000 planning applications received by district planning authorities.

Quarterly figures for 'county matter' decisions are likely to be much more variable than those for districts because of the smaller number of such decisions.

From 1 April 1995, county planning authorities have provided statistics of formal enforcment action taken against breaches of planning control.

COUNTY COUNCILS

Planning applications and decisions

In the second quarter of 1995, county councils in England received 495 planning applications, four per cent more than in the corresponding quarter of 1994. A total of 376 decisions were made in the quarter, 18% fewer than a year earlier.

61% of the decisions made in the quarter were for waste applications; 34% were for minerals applications. Ten per cent of applications decided were refused, compared with 15% a year earlier.

Speed of decision

In the second quarter of 1995, 15% of all planning decisions by county councils were made within the statutory eight week period, compared with 12% in the corresponding quarter of 1994. 42% of decisions were made within 13 weeks.

Enforcement action

In the period April to June, county councils issued 17 Enforcement Notices, 1 Stop Notice, 41 Planning Contravention Notices and20 Breach of Condition Notices. One enforcement injunction was granted.

Responding authorities for April to June 1995

All 39 county councils provided figures in time for this publication.

METROPOLITAN DISTRICTS, LONDON BOROUGHS AND NATIONAL PARKS

Metropolitan districts dealt with 15% of all county matter applications decided in England in the second quarter of 1995 while London boroughs and national park authorities accounted for another two per cent within this period. 74% of all decisions by metropolitan districts were for waste developments.

Metropolitan districts served 17 Planning Contravention Notices and two Breach of Condition Notices in the second quarter of 1995.

No formal enforcement action was recorded by responding London boroughs and national park authorities.

Responding authorities for April to June 1995 Of the 86 metropolitan districts, London boroughs, national park authorities, urban development corporations and unitary authorities 97% provided figures in time for this publication.

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