Commercial planning permissions granted by councils fell by 9 per cent during 2017 compared with the previous year, according to government figures
A planning statistical release showed that 10,200 applications for commercial developments were granted in the year to December.
However, the picture was rosier in the housing sector, with authorities granting 6,500 major and 43,200 minor residential applications during the year, up by 3 per cent and 1 per cent respectively on 2016.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) said these residential permissions translated into 338,000 homes, up 8 per cent on figures for the year to 31 December 2016.
Overall, in the year ending December 2017, authorities received 476,500 planning applications, down 1 per cent on the previous year.
Councils made 433,700 decisions on applications, again down 1 per cent on the previous year.
Between October and December 2017, district level planning authorities in England received 112,300 applications for planning permission, unchanged from the corresponding quarter of 2016.
A separate set of statistics show that the number of housing starts rose by 5 per cent to 162,180 from 2016 to 2017.
Private starts were up by 6.5 per cent to 136,550, while both housing association and local authority starts both fell slightly.
Housing minister Dominic Raab said: ‘It is good to see housing starts and completions at their highest level since 2007, and planning permissions up 8 per cent on last year.
‘But we are restless to do more. We’re reforming planning rules, releasing government land, and investing £5 billion in infrastructure to build the homes Britain needs and make them more affordable for working people in this country.’
2018 plannnig appilication figures source gov