Planning application numbers in England fall
The number of planning applications submitted to local authorities in England dropped by 1 per cent last year.
Communities and Local Government figures released on Friday showed 477,800 had been received by the year ending March 2012, compared with 483,500 by the end of March 2011.
There was also a decrease of 1 per cent for decisions made on planning applications with 434,900 decided on by March 2012 with councils coming to conclusions on 439,900 at the year ending March 2011.
The number of permissions granted in the year ending March 2012 was 354,100, a small decrease compared to 355,800 by the year end at March 2011.
From January to March 2012 120,900 applications for planning permission were made, which was an increase of 1 per cent from 119,400 in the same quarter in 2011.