DCLG have issued a Planning Guarantee Monitoring Report ranking LPAs based on the number of applications decided within 26 weeks.
John Silvester, Society Spokesperson, told Planning magazine "This monitoring report was never intended to be used to identify poorly performing authorities". It's specific purpose was to consider sanctions DCLG could take against local authorities which fail to meet the guarantee.
Silvester also stated "Given that overall Councils currently decide 82% of applications within 8 weeks and 93% within 13 weeks within the context of council budgets having been cut by at least 28% in real terms over the course of the spending review and, importantly, that planning fees have been capped at less than the cost of providing the service LPAs seem to be doing pretty well!"
He added, "That is not to so that the Society condones poor performance and we are prepared to do all we can to assist those who struggle to match the best."