Environmental statements fall as applications rise

English local authorities received fewer environmental statements in 2016 despite the number of major planning applications increasing.

Data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) revealed that 397 statements were received by councils and national park authorities in the 12 months to the end of December 2016, compared with 463 in 2015. Last year, planning applications totalled 483,045, compared with 475,632 in 2015, up more than 1.5%.

Shire districts received almost ...

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