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Planning Permission: Northamptonshire

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of housing were given planning permission in Northamptonshire in each of the last three years for which figures are available. (227634)

Local planning authorities (LPAs) submit returns to CLG on the number of planning decisions on major and minor residential developments, including percentage of decisions approved and the percentage approved within targets. However these returns do not include the number of housing units covered by each decision.

In order to gain the information requested, the Government office east midlands has therefore approached the LPAs direct. In aggregating the figures for the number of housing units granted planning permission each year, some authorities have supplied net figures (i.e. excluding renewals or amendments of sites that already have planning permission). Where outline planning permission has been granted, the number of units is not always stated in the planning application and an assessment has to be made of the capacity of a site. This means that the statistics provided are not always on a common base.

The following table includes the returns for each district in Northamptonshire.

Local planning authority

Housing units granted planning permission 2005-06

Housing units granted planning permission 2006/07

Housing units granted planning permission 2007-08

Corby

658

5889

143

Daventry

324

101

119

East Northamptonshire

359

244

111

Kettering

772

859

597

Northampton

646

500

693

South Northamptonshire

306

208

216

Wellingborough

563

257

3,710

Total

3,628

8,058

5,589

The figures for Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire include any applications approved by the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation who handle some major housing applications in these areas.