Applications drop persists

The number of applications received by district-level authorities in England is continuing to fall compared with last year's figures.

The latest batch of statistics published by the DCLG last week shows a 21 per cent drop to 118,000 applications in the June quarter over the same period in 2008. This follows a 30 per cent decrease in the March quarter (Planning, 3 July, p2).

All regions experienced the decline. The largest fall was 24 per cent in the South West while the lowest was the West Midlands at 16 per cent. Over the whole year to June authorities received 476,000 applications, a 24 per cent drop from the year ending June 2008.

Planning decisions on major housing schemes in England fell by almost half in the June 2009 quarter over the same period the previous year, the same drop seen in the March quarter.

Planning Applications - June Quarter 2009 are available at

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