We (Swindon Borough Council) are granting planning permission on 90%+
of planning applications received. However, we have an outlier in our
minor (1-9 dwellings) housing scheme applications. We have been
granting permission on only 60% of these planning applications.
The majority of these schemes were refused on poor design. We have
an adopted Design Guide. Our appeals stats are pretty good - most
appeals on minor housing scheme applications are dismissed.
I was wondering if any other LPA has similar stats? I was also
wondering whether any LPAs have made any changes to get their approval
percentages up (without dumbing down quality)?