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News: Planning applications fall away

District planning authorities in England received 167,000 applications for planning permission and other related consents in the first quarter of 2006.

This is 2% lower than in the corresponding period in 2005 and reflects a change from the long-term trend of growth in the numbers of planning applications said the Department for Communities and Local Government on Friday.

Outside London and the South East, the number of planning applications decreased compared with the same quarter a year ago. The largest decreases were in the North West and the West Midlands (both 8%). Planning applications in London and the South East were respectively 2 and 1% higher than the same period in 2005

.Planning decisions

District planning authorities made 134, 000 planning decisions in the first quarter of 2006; 5% lower than a year earlier.

All regions saw a decrease in the number of decisions. The largest decreases were in the North East and the North West (both 8%); the smallest decreases were in London (1%), Yorkshire and the Humber (2%) and the East of England (3%)

The percentage of applications granted remained unchanged from the same period in 2005 at 82%.

Householder decisions

Householder decisions decreased by 7% from 69,500 to 64,800 and account for 48% of all decisions.

Decisions on new dwelling applications, both major and minor sites, reduced from 19,800 to 18,900 and account for 14% of the total.

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