Labour has promised to reform the planning process after a landslide election victory amidst its promise to build 1.5 million new homes.

It comes as more than 1,000 planning applications were submitted to Cumberland Council last year.

Labour said it will build 1.5 million new homes over the next parliament by "bulldozing" restrictive planning rules, encouraging councils to build on brownfield sites, and identifying lower quality areas in the green belt for development, termed "grey belt".

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Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities figures show Cumberland council decided on 1,369 planning applications in the year to March.

Of these, 1,303 (95 per cent) were granted, while 66 were refused.

Across England, councils decided 333,000 planning applications, 12 per cent down on the previous year and the lowest recorded figure in the last decade.

Of these, 285,000 (86 per cent) were granted, meaning both the proportion and total number of accepted applications slumped to a decade-low level.