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Local Development Framework
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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Monitoring local development framework policies

The Development Enquiry Service is proving popular and is contributing to a reduction in re-submissions and appeals. Although the construction industry has slowed, we are still seeing a significant number of applications for development coming forward, particularly in the major development category.

To make sure we are supporting growth in the city through the planning process there are a number of facts and figures that we monitor.

Did you know that:

  • There were only 28 appeals to the Planning Inspectorate against decisions made by the planning department, and in 75 per cent of cases the Inspector agreed (wholly or in part) with our decisions.
  • So far we have used the 34 policies of the Core Strategy 25,123 times in determining planning applications (up to end 2013).
  • 1,171 planning applications were determined in 2012 to 2013, which is 7 per cent less than the year before.
  • Of the 40 decisions determined by the Planning Committee in 2012 to 2013, the committee resolved to agree their officer’s recommendation in 96 per cent of cases.
  • 29 planning applications had associated Section 106 Agreements, used to secure affordable housing and infrastructure contributions.
  • The Planning Committee granted permission for development to the value of £180 million in 2012 to 2013. Since 2009 the total value approved by the Committee is £1.6 billion.

This page of the annual monitoring report was last updated December 2013.