Local Development Framework
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Planning application workload
The number of planning applications received and the number being determined can vary each year, which can indicate changes in workload.
The number of applications received for major developments has increased, which is a positive sign that development proposals are continuing to come forward.
The amount of officer time needed to deal with applications for major schemes can vary greatly. During this year we have dealt with a number of very large and complex planning applications which include sites which are now contributing to the city’s housing need. Examples of large housing approvals included Plymstock Quarry, North Prospect, Plymbridge Lane (Derriford), Unity Park (Efford) and Plot A1 Millbay.
There has been a decrease in the number of applications received for minor and other category developments. The decrease is undoubtedly linked to the slow down in the national and local economy, but it is also possible that this decrease is partly due to increased take-up on the Development Enquiry Service which assists customers in getting the application right the first time or avoids inappropriate applications being submitted.
It is normal to determine fewer applications than we receive because some are withdrawn before we make a decision, however this year we saw an increase in the number of major schemes being determined. This shows that as well as receiving more applications in this category, resources have been managed in order to process these applications through to decision.
We have easily exceeded the national targets for timescales for determining applications and over the last year and performance within two of the categories has improved further. We have also streamlined processes such as validation so that officer time is used more efficiently. However we are still continuing to strive to improve performance with local target setting and undertaking benchmarking exercises with other local authorities.
This page of the monitoring report was last updated December 2013.