The Department for Communities and Local Government has released the latest planning data which shows that 472,600 planning applications were received in the year to December 2014, up one per cent on the previous year, but still well below the peak of 689,400 applications made in 2004/5.

354,800 permissions were granted by district level planning authorities, up two per cent on the previous year. 88 per cent of decisions were granted, 42,300 of which were for residential developments, 5,300 for major developments and 37,000 for minor developments.

During October to December 2014, 77 per cent of major applications were decided within 13 weeks or within the agreed time for Planning Performance Agreements, Extensions of Time and Environmental Impact Assessments. Over the same period, 70 per cent of minor applications and 82 per cent of other applications were decided within 8 weeks or the agreed time.

During the quarter, authorities issued 1,172 enforcement notices and served 1,222 planning contravention notices, 251 breach of condition notices, 38 stop notices and 54 temporary stop notices. 12 enforcement injunctions were granted by the High/County Court and no injunctive applications was refused.