The research identified primary and secondary reasons for delay when deciding planning applications for housing. The primary reason is defined as that which is largely responsible for the application being determined past the statutory two month (Local Development) or four month (Major Development) timescale. The secondary reason is defined as that reason(s) which further protracts the determination process past the statutory determination timescale.
The following conclusions emerged from the research:
• The most common primary reason for the delay in an application meeting its determination timescale is the delayed response by an applicant to a request for information.
• The most common secondary reason for the delay in an application meeting its determination timescale is the requirement for a legal agreement.
• Of the applications reviewed, when a legal agreement is required it has delayed the application process on all occasions.
The most common reasons for delay that arise during the determination process when deciding planning applications for housing in order of magnitude are as set out in descending order of magnitude below:
1. Delayed Response by Applicant to additional information request (55%)
2. Legal Agreement (drafting/ signing) (53%).
3. Delayed Action/ Response by Planning officer (25%)
4. Delayed Action/ Response by Other Council Officer (23%)
5. Other reason for delay (14%)
6. Delays - planning authority availability/ staffing (11%)
7. Committee Determination Required (outwith timescale) (7%)
8. Applicant/ agent asked for delay in decision making (2%)
9. Delayed Response by Statutory Consultees (1%)