Planning application performance

How are we performing?

There are national targets set for how quickly Councils decide planning applications, which are set by the department for Communities and Local Government.

In the table below you can see how well we did in meeting these targets during the last financial year and so far this year. Data is published quarterly. See below for definitions of the application types.

Period2010/112011/122012/13Apr - Sept 2013National Target

Major Applications

48%

39.5%

42.65%

62.86%

60% in 13 weeks

Minor Applications

66%

53.08%

55.03%

72.32%

65% in 8 weeks

Other Applications

81%

78.06%

66.64%

90.00%

80% in 8 weeks

'Majors’ are defined as residential developments of 10 or more units, or retail/commercial developments of more than 1000 square metres of additional floor space.

‘Minors’ are defined as residential developments of less than 10 units, or retail/commercial developments of 1000 square metres or less of additional floor space.

‘Others’ are defined as applications for advertisement consent, changes of use, listed building and conservation area consents and all householder applications.

Planning appeal performance

To ensure planning applications are determined in accordance with adopted national and local planning policies, we monitor applications that have been tested at appeal by the Planning Inspectorate. A high % of appeals dismissed by the Inspectorate (ie won by the Council) is a good indication that we are making the right decisions, in planning policy terms. The national average is 64%. This is how we are doing so far this year.

Period2010/112011/122012/13

Appeal Decisions (no of appeals)

65

50

60

Dismissed Appeals

41 (63%)

35 (70%)

33 (55%)

Upheld Appeals

22

15

21

Part Allowed

2

0

6