NEWS IN BRIEF: England's planning authorities received ...

England's planning authorities received the highest number of applications for 13 years during 2002-03, the ODPM revealed this week. Latest development control statistics show that 634,000 applications were received last year. Around 14 per cent were refused and nearly a quarter of these refusals resulted in an appeal, it adds. According to the figures, 65 per cent of decisions were made within eight weeks, up two per cent on the previous year. Development Control Statistics: England 2002-03 can be viewed via

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