Major planning applications in Birmingham are being dealt with at a faster rate than targets set by the Government.
The city council processed 86 per cent of complex development schemes, such as the Martineau Galleries project and the Mailbox Cube, within 13 weeks last year - against a national target of 60 per cent.
Almost 80 per cent of minor applications were signed off by the planning committee within eight weeks of being submitted, against a target of 65 per cent.
The figures mean the council has maximised its planning delivery grant allocation and met the Government's Corporate Performance Assessment target.
City council leader Mike Whitby described the figures as "brilliant news" for developers and for the ongoing success of Birmingham.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) added: "Meeting targets is good, but beating them shows we are really committed to improvement."
The improved performance is being put down to important changes in the way the council deals with planning applications.
Officials now spend more time discussing options with developers before formal proposals are submitted.
Richard Probert, development manager at Birmingham Ballymore Properties said: "Our discussions with council planning officers have consistently demonstrated the can-do attitude towards regeneration that the local development industry has been calling for."