Planning applications in England: Latest figures

These are the latest headline figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government - for England only, I'm afraid, but still hopefully of interest. So between July and September 2017, district level planning authorities in England:

* received 117,700 applications for planning permission, down two per cent on same period in 2016
* granted 98,800 decisions, down three per cent
* decided 88 per cent of major applications within 13 weeks or the agreed time, up from 85 per cent a year earlier
* granted 12,500 residential applications, down three per cent on a year earlier - 1,600 for major developments and 10,900 for minors