Planners at the double after leap in performance

21 March 2017

Planning teams in South Cambridgeshire have rocketed up national league tables after a surge in the number of application decisions issued within government-set targets.

Over the last nine months, decisions have been issued on 94% of major applications and 87% of non-major applications within nationally agreed timeframes – putting South Cambridgeshire District Council amongst the top performers in the country.

The climb up the table significantly improves on previous figures the Council achieved – 47% of major applications and 63% of non-major applications over a two-year rolling period up until September 2016.

Major planning applications include developments of 10 or more homes or over one hectare. 

Cllr Robert Turner, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “I am really pleased with the improvement our planning team has delivered with the support of our new shared Director of Planning. The level we are now achieving puts us near the top of the national league tables but I can assure you that we are not going to rest on our laurels. Our teams have worked incredibly hard to turn things around but we know there is still a long way to go to make sure we cement what we are doing and make further improvements.

“The improvement plan we put in place has sped up the process of validating applications, improved communication with applicants, parishes and local groups and cleared the backlog of applications we once had. We would like to thank local communities for their patience as we recognise that the service we had been providing did not meet the standard we expect or they deserve.”

There are over 350 Councils who are responsible for planning decisions in England.

For more information on making a planning application and advice available in advance of submitting plans, visit www.scambs.gov.uk and click on the planning button.

Statistics on local authorities’ planning performance up until September 2016 can be found by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-planning-application-statistics

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning performance over the last nine months:

Month

Applications

Target

Total   Decisions

Decisions   In
  Agreed Time

Agreed   Time (%)

July   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

3

2

66.6%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

4

3

75%

 

Minor

Target   65%

43

31

72%

 

Other

Target   80%

103

88

85.4%

August   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

4

4

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

2

2

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

45

33

73.33%

 

Other

Target   80%

116

99

85.3%

September   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

4

4

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

2

2

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

49

41

83.7%

 

Other

Target   80%

85

80

94.1%

October   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

2

2

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

2

2

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

49

37

75.5%

 

Other

Target   80%

117

99

84.6%

November   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

5

5

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

6

6

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

57

47

82.5%

 

Other

Target   80%

109

99

90.8%

December   2016

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

3

3

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

7

7

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

39

34

87.2%

 

Other

Target   80%

78

71

91%

January   2017

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

5

4

80%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

3

3

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

44

41

93.2%

 

Other

Target   80%

75

68

90.6%

February   2017

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

1

1

100%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

4

4

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

41

39

95.1%

 

Other

Target   80%

56

54

96.4%

March   2017

Large scale   Major

Target   60%

2

1

50%

 

Small scale Major

Target   60%

3

3

100%

 

Minor

Target   65%

13

12

92.3%

 

Other

Target   80%

36

34

94.4%