Data uncovers another rise in workload level

English planning authorities took the highest number of planning applications for 14 years in 2003-04, latest figures reveal.

A total of 675,000 applications were submitted, according to data published by the ODPM this week. Almost three quarters of decisions were made within the eight-week target, a seven per cent rise on the previous year, while 87 per cent were determined within 13 weeks.

The speed of decisions varied according to development type. More than half of applications decided were for householder developments, 82 per cent of which were decided within eight weeks. The vast majority of applications were approved with just 16 per cent refused. Of these, 23 per cent resulted in an appeal.

Development Control Statistics: England 2003-04 can be viewed via

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