Authorities are usually set an eight-week deadline (13 weeks for major projects) to grant a planning decision . This period is only ever extended when agreed in writing between the applicant and LPA, and approved by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
On average, English LPAs meet their agreed deadline on 85% of occasions, which means over one in 10 decisions are late. When asking those who have gone through the process how long it took to hear back, the average wait-time was found to be around 10 weeks.
During 2018, of the 339 authorities analysed, 12 LPAs met their agreed deadline for every single application, including Bury, Brentwood, Chorley, Coventry, and Rotherham. In addition, 42 other authorities met the deadline in at least 95% of cases.
By contrast, some authorities’ records are not quite as impressive when it comes to sticking to the agreed timeframe. Craven, for example, is the only authority in England which met its deadlines on fewer than half of occasions (45%).