More objections to plans for consultation
In 2011, municipalities received objections to approximately 50 per cent of the local development plans that were published for consultation. The number of inspections carried out in construction increased by more than 20 per cent from the year before.
Reporting in KOSTRA1 on physical planning in municipalities and counties for 2011 showed that the number of inspections of construction activity where no planning application had been made also increased compared with 2010. The number of police reports in construction fell by just over 50 per cent from 2010.
Percentage of objections increases
Norwegian municipalities have a vital impact on the protection and management of the environment through the administration of the Planning and Building Act. To safeguard national interests, other public authorities may object to municipal plans if they are in conflict with national or other vital interests.
Public authorities objected to 52 per cent of all municipal plans and 33 per cent of the detailed plans (area development plans) circulated for consultation in 2011. Compared with 2010 figures, this is an increase in objections to both municipal plans and detailed plans.
KOSTRA does not contain information on the results of these objections. The municipalities may either comply or negotiate with the objecting authority, or a final decision is taken by the Ministry of the Environment.
Expenses in land use planning increase
In 2011, gross expenses for land use planning amounted to NOK 3.3 billion. The municipalities’ gross income covered NOK 2 billion of these expenses. From 2010, gross expenses rose by 9 per cent, while the gross income increased by 17 per cent.
Administration fees also continue to increase. The average fees for private area development plans, building applications and subdivision of land including survey increased last year by 10, 10 and 3 per cent2 respectively.
The average processing time for area development plans, building applications and subdivision of land was 339, 35 and 74 calendar days respectively. This is a 7 per cent increase in processing time for area development plans. Processing times for building applications and subdivision of land are quite stable. However, these figures are uncertain.
For general information on KOSTRA, see http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/00/00/20/kostra_en/ .
|1||Approximately 95 per cent of the municipalities have reported, and the figure is estimated on the basis of these.|
|2||This is the average increase in reporting municipalities, where each municipality has the same weight. Total administration fees are however also dependent on the size of the municipality. NB: Break in time series: the administration fee for area development plans for 2009 applies for area development of 10 decares with a housing density of 40 per cent.|
- Table 1 Building project applications in areas of particular environmental value
- Table 2 Average processing time and administration fee for area development plans, building applications and subdivision of land including survey. By inhabitants in the municipality
- Table 3 Case load of regulation plans, building plans and subdivision of land including survey. Weighted average
- Table 4 Share of municipalities with plan for biological diversity, outdoor recreation, preservation of cultural heritage, landscape, universal design and climate/energy. Average age of plans in the year of reporting
- Table 5 Municipal expenses, revenues and investments within land use planning (function 301, 302 og 303)
- Table 6 Applications for exemptions relating to the cultural heritage act and the planning and building act
- Table 7 Number of county authorities with existing plan for a selection of environmental topics. Average age of the plans in the year of reporting
- Table 8 Gross operating expenses, operating revenues and investments in local and regional development - area and nature (function 715). County authorities. NOK 1 000
- Table 9 Case load of inspections, instructions and sanctions in building matters