9. Clock Stops
In some cases it is appropriate to remove a length of time from the total decision time. We have called this process of removing a specific length of time "stopping the clock". This should not be used for every application; it is about recording the data in a way which produces more accurate and relevant performance statistics that would otherwise have been skewed by extreme cases of delay outwith the planning authority's control. The following table shows the number of applications where the clock has been stopped by planning authority.
Table 2: Clock stops by planning authority, 2016/17, Quarter 2 1
|Planning Authority||Total applications decided in 2016/17 Q2||Number of applications with clock stopped||Percentage of applications with clock stopped||Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)|
|Argyll & Bute||303||8||2.6%||29.2|
|Dumfries & Galloway||232||1||0.4%||24.1|
|Edinburgh, City of||849||8||0.9%||75.0|
|Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NP||85||7||8.2%||17.1|
|Na h-Eileanan Siar||89||2||2.2%||19.6|
|Perth & Kinross||391||20||5.1%||37.0|
1. Processing Agreements are not included in this analysis.
For quarter two of 2016/17 there were 29 planning authorities who gave details for a total of 284 applications decided where the clock was stopped. This compares with 289 applications for 30 planning authorities in the previous quarter.