9. Stopping the Clock
Stopping the clock is used where there has been a lengthy delay caused by the applicant or external consultees, outwith the planning authority's control. This helps produce more accurate performance statistics that would otherwise have been skewed by extreme cases of delay outwith the planning authority's control. Clock stops were not used where there was a delay to authority processing as a result of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
For 2021/22 there were 2,237 applications where the clock was stopped. The average amount of time stopped was 14.2 weeks.
Local development decisions (not subject to processing agreements) involved a clock-stop in seven per cent of cases. The average clock-stop time was 13.5 weeks.
Major development decisions (not subject to processing agreements) involved a clock-stop in just under a quarter (24%) of cases. The average clock-stop time was 56.6 weeks.
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