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Local Development Framework
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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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 decreased since last year, which is a possible reflection of the continuing of difficulties in the local and national economy.

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; Former Hooe Lake Quarry (184 dwellings), Former Plym View Primary School (50 dwellings), Plot A1 Millbay (102 dwellings) and Land East and West of Pennycross Close (209 dwellings).

There has been a slight decrease in the number of applications received for minor applications and a comparable increase in other category developments, such as advertisement consent.  The decrease in minor applications may also be linked to the economic slowdown, but it is also possible that this decrease is partly due to increased take-up on the Development Enquiry Service (DES) 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It is normal to determine fewer applications than we receive because some are withdrawn before we make a decision.

We have easily exceeded the national targets for timescales for determining applications and over the last year and performance within three of the categories, Major, Minor and Other Planning Applications has improved further. However we are still continuing to strive to improve performance with local target setting and undertaking benchmarking exercises with other local authorities and are a pilot authority for the PAS Quality Framework project.  

This page of the monitoring report was last updated December 2014.