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Planning performance statistics: fourth quarter 2017-2018 and annual

Latest summary statistics on planning decision-making and timescales for the year April 2017 to March 2018, as well as historic data going back to 2013-2014.

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11. Enforcement Activity

Enforcement covers the actions that can be taken when developments happen without permission or when conditions have not been followed. There can be a variety of actions that are taken. Authorities have powers to serve notices asking for more information about a development. They can stop a development that does not have permission, or where the development does not follow the conditions attached to the permission which was granted. The Authority can also issue a fixed penalty or refer the matter to the Procurator Fiscal.

The total number of enforcement cases taken up in 2017/18 was 5,309. Of these cases there were 546 notices served, with 6 being reported to the Procurator Fiscal and 1 case resulting in prosecution. In 2016/17 there were 5,524 cases taken up, 542 notices served, 4 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 2 cases resulting in prosecution ( Annual, 2017/18: Table 32).

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