Planning Application Statistics

National Statistics about the number of planning applications made and permissions granted in England.

Between October and December 2019, district level planning authorities in England:

  • received 100,300 applications for planning permission, down seven per cent on the corresponding quarter of 2018
  • granted 83,500 decisions, down six per cent from the same quarter in 2018; this is equivalent to 87 per cent of decisions, down from 88 per cent in the same quarter of 2018
  • decided 89 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, unchanged from the same quarter in 2018
  • granted 11,100 residential applications, down seven per cent on a year earlier: 1,500 for major developments and 9,600 for minors
  • granted 2,100 applications for commercial developments, down eight per cent on a year earlier

In the year ending December 2019, district level planning authorities:

  • granted 347,300 decisions, down five per cent on the year ending December 2018
  • granted 44,700 decisions on residential developments, of which 5,900 were for major developments and 38,800 were for minors, down by seven and six per cent respectively on the year ending December 2018. This is equivalent to a decrease of six per cent in the overall number of residential decisions granted

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Credit March 2020, MHCLG