FOLLOWING the launch of the Annual Report on Planning Permit Activity in Victoria for 2010-11 by Planning Minister Matthew Guy last week, the report has now been made publicly available by the Department of Planning and Community Development.
The report provides a summary of statistical information on the nature of planning permit activity for the current and previous years. It also includes information on applications received and decided, proposed investment, changes in land use, purposes of applications and processing performance.
The annual report is produced from data submitted to the Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) by all Victorian councils and responsible authorities through the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS).
The report shows that between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011, a total of 57,280 applications were lodged in Victoria, an increase of 2.5 per cent over 2009-10. Of this amount, 48,335 were new planning applications (84 per cent of total), 8,868 were applications to amend an existing permit (15 per cent of total) and 72 were combined applications (where there is an associated planning scheme amendment).
Planning permit applications decided across Victoria during 2010-11 totalled 51,134, an increase of 3.5 per cent over the previous year. Of these, 96 per cent (48,970) were permits and 4 per cent refusals.
Rural groups tended to have a higher percentage of permits issued (98 per cent) with lower refusals (2 per cent) compared to metropolitan areas, where permits issued was closer to 95 per cent and refusals 5 per cent.
Other statistics include:
- Overall for Victoria, 62 per cent of applications (31,710) were reported as being decided within statutory timeframes, a 3 per cent decrease on the previous period;
- There was a 9.9 per cent increase in the number of applications requiring further information, 40 per cent of total applications;
- There was a 9.2 per cent increase in the number of applications referred, 32 per cent of applications;
- There was a 9.8 per cent increase in applications subject to public notice requirements, 41 per cent of applications;
- There was an 11.6 per cent increase in applications with objections lodged, 16 per cent of applications;
- The median processing days to decision was 76 days;
- 94 per cent of planning application decisions were made under delegation; and
- 6.7 per cent of applications had reviews lodged at VCAT.
Of the 80 responsible authorities covered in the report, the authorities that received the most planning applications during the 2010-11 period were:
- 1. Mornington Peninsula (3,149)
- 2. Yarra Ranges (2,116)
- 3. Greater Geelong 1,763)
- 4. Boroondara (1,695)
- 5. Stonnington (1,560)
- 6. Yarra (1,549)
- 7. Port Phillip (1,538)
- 8. Moreland (1,498)
- 9. Knox (1,386)
- 10. Darebin (1,325)
The Annual Report on Planning Permit Activity in Victoria 2010-11 is available from the Department of Planning and Community Development website at <http://www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning/planningapplications/planning-permit-activity-in-victoria>.