Planning performance

The tables on this page provide some information on the Council’s performance on processing planning applications.

Volume of planning applications

Wealden is a very busy planning authority. Over 2017 it received 2,263 planning applications – the fifth largest volume of all English shire district planning authorities (Source: DCLG Table P134).

Speed of processing

Nationally formulated indicators for the speed with which planning applications are decided are divided between major applications determined within 13 weeks, minor applications determined within eight weeks and other applications determined within eight weeks.

Major planning applications are housing applications for 10 or more dwellings or applications for a site area of 0.5 hectares or more or applications for developments with a floor space of 1,000 sq. metres or more or with a site area of 1 hectare or more.

Percentage of major planning applications determined within 13 weeks
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Major planning applications determined in Wealden within 13 weeks 84% 80% 97% 93% 95%
Average English district local authority performance on Major Planning Applications (Source – CLG/LG Inform) 57% 68% 76% 78%  86%

Minor Applications are those are those for developments smaller than major applications but which are not changes of use or householder development covered by the definition for other applications.

Percentage of minor planning applications determined within 8 weeks
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Minor planning applications determined in Wealden within 8 weeks 84% 86% 82% 79% 76%
Average district planning authority performance on Minor applications (Source – CLG/LG Inform) 67% 68% 69% 74% 82%

Other applications comprise householder developments, advertisements, changes of use, listed building and conservation area consents and minor developments.

Percentage of other planning applications determined within 8 weeks
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Other planning applications determined in Wealden within 8 weeks 92% 96% 96% 89% 87%
Average district planning authority performance on other applications (Source – CLG/LG Inform) 82% 83% 82% 84% 89%