New planning application statistics for England have just been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for the second quarter of 2018, covering April to June.
They show that permission for 351,700 homes was given in the rolling year to 30 June 2018, which is up six per cent compared to the 332,200 homes granted permission in the rolling year up to 30 June 2017.
In fact, this year's figure is the highest recorded number of homes granted permission for the July-June period since 2007.
However, the June 2018 figure is down four per cent compared to the year up to the previous quarter, ending on 31 March 2018, when 365,700 homes were granted permission. This marked the highest rolling year figure of any period since 2007.
Statistics on residential units granted permission are collected by Glenigan for the MHCLG.
Meanwhile, in the period between April and June 2018, local planning authorities in England:
- received 118,100 applications for planning permission, down four per cent compared to the second quarter of 2017
- granted 94,300 permissions, down four per cent from the same quarter in 2017; the equivalent of 88 per cent of decisions, unchanged from the same quarter of 2017
- decided 87 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, down one percentage point from a year earlier
- granted 11,900 residential applications, down three per cent on a year earlier: 1,500 for major developments and 10,300 for minors
- granted 2,200 applications for commercial developments, down 10 per cent on a year earlier
The figures also show a drop in prior approval applications from last year. Councils received 10,100 prior approval applications between April and June 2018, down nine per cent from the same quarter of 2017.
Of these, 1,200 applications were for changes to residential use, of which 800 - or two-thirds - were given the go-ahead without having to go through the full planning application process.
According to the MHCLG, the number of prior approval applications for larger householder extensions decreased by six per cent; the number of office to residential changes by 22 per cent; and agricultural to residential changes by eight per cent.
Meanwhile, more than a quarter of planning application decisions, 27 per cent, in the second quarter of 2018 involved a performance agreement, in which applicants and councils agree a determination timescale.
It includes planning performance agreements, extensions of time agreements and environmental impact assessments.
The 27 per cent figure is the second-highest rate of any quarter ever, following 28 per cent in January to March 2018.
In the second quarter of 2018, such agreements constituted 63 per cent of major decisions and 36 per cent of minor decisions, the figures show.
Planning applications in England: April to June 2018 can be found here.