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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 slightly 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. Therefore a fall in numbers in this category does not necessarily mean a fall in workload.  During this year we have dealt with a number of very large and complex planning applications including the Energy from Waste application, which have taken a disproportionately large proportion of officer time.

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.

We will always generally determine fewer applications than we receive because some are withdrawn before we make a decision.

We have easily exceeded the national targets for timescales for determining applications and over the last year the performance under each category was the best that Plymouth City Council has ever achieved since we started to record performance in this way. However we are still continuing to strive to improve performance with local target setting.

This page of the annual monitoring report was last updated September 2012.