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Planning performance statistics: fourth quarter 2017-2018 and annual

Published: 24 Jul 2018

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.

Planning performance statistics: fourth quarter 2017-2018 and annual
12. Local Developments by Planning Authority, 2017/18 - post 3rd August 2009 applications

12. Local Developments by Planning Authority, 2017/18 - post 3 rd August 2009 applications

12.1 Local Developments – by development type, 2017/18

Chart 55 shows the case mix by planning authority, ordered by the most frequent (householder) applications. For sixteen planning authorities from East Renfrewshire down to South Ayrshire over half of decisions made on local developments were for householder applications. At the other end of the scale, in the Cairngorms National Park there were no decisions for householder applications. The case mix may influence overall average decision times within a particular authority. For example, given that householder applications are on average decided more quickly than other types, it might be expected that overall average decision times will be lower for those planning authorities that have a higher proportion of householder applications in their case mix.

Chart 55: Local Developments by planning authority and development type, 2017/18 1

Chart 55: Local Developments by planning authority and development type, 2017/181

1. The number in brackets gives the total number of local development decisions by planning authority (excluding processing agreements). See Section 2 for further details of processing agreements.

12.2 Local Developments – decision times, 2017/18

Charts 56 and 57 show average decision times for local developments and the percentages of decisions made in less than two months ordered by the number of decisions made for local developments in each planning authority. In total there were 26,220 decisions made on local developments in 2017/18 with an overall average decision time of 9.0 weeks.

Chart 56: Local Developments by planning authority, 2017/18: Average decision time (weeks)

Chart 56: Local Developments by planning authority, 2017/18: Average decision time (weeks)

1. The number in brackets gives the total number of local development decisions by planning authority (excluding processing agreements). See Section 2 for further details of processing agreements.

The average decision time for the Cairngorms National Park (13.1 weeks for 1 application) has not been shown in the above chart. It should be expected that Cairngorms has a longer average decision time as they do not receive planning applications directly but are notified of applications which have been made to those planning authorities within the National Park boundaries. Cairngorms National Park may then decide to call applications in for their determination. Planning applications are likely to have already been in the system for a number of weeks before being transferred to Cairngorms National Park. In addition, Cairngorms National Park have no householder applications in their case mix for 2017/18. For these reasons average times for Cairngorms National Park applications can be expected to be higher than those of the other planning authorities. In 2017/18 Cairngorms National Park made decisions for a further 10 local applications using processing agreements all of these meeting agreed timescales.

Chart 57: Local Developments by planning authority, 2017/18: Percentage under 2 months

Chart 57: Local Developments by planning authority, 2017/18: Percentage under 2 months

At Scotland level the percentage of decisions made in less than two months was 74.1%. Highland made the most decisions on local developments (2,580) and 64.9% of these were made in less than 2 months.

Table 7: Local Applications: Average Time & Percentage under 2 months

Planning Authority 2017/18 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13
Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks) Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks) Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks) Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks) Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks) Number of applications Percent Under 2 Months Overall Average Time (weeks)
Aberdeen City 688 79.7% 8.7 883 52.4% 10.5 1,140 46.7% 12.2 1,170 36.3% 14.4 1,227 52.2% 12.5 1,189 52.6% 11.9
Aberdeenshire 1,810 87.2% 8.2 1,905 89.6% 8.6 2,685 76.1% 10.7 2,982 65.5% 11.9 2,913 69.9% 12.2 3,075 62.7% 15.4
Angus 551 88.6% 6.5 642 88.3% 7.8 727 77.4% 9.2 737 80.6% 9.1 798 75.3% 8.2 763 80.3% 9.2
Argyll & Bute 1,034 63.7% 11.0 1,053 64.7% 10.6 996 73.4% 9.2 1,097 77.8% 9.5 1,083 76.3% 10.3 1,061 69.2% 11.6
Cairngorms NP 1 0.0% 13.1 2 0.0% 70.8 7 14.3% 14.6 37 13.5% 21.3 46 19.6% 17.7 48 8.3% 18.3
Clackmannanshire 194 87.1% 6.7 199 89.9% 7.1 195 87.2% 6.5 184 94.0% 6.4 197 92.4% 6.8 192 84.9% 7.8
Dumfries & Galloway 1,039 54.7% 10.9 957 58.6% 10.5 1,110 66.9% 9.8 1,860 69.4% 9.5 1,485 50.3% 11.9 1,264 46.8% 12.9
Dundee City 429 79.7% 8.2 421 84.8% 7.4 462 77.1% 8.1 401 81.8% 7.8 438 81.7% 7.6 377 84.1% 7.0
East Ayrshire 414 81.6% 9.4 507 73.6% 10.0 432 69.2% 11.8 429 62.0% 12.7 430 68.6% 13.0 492 60.4% 11.7
East Dunbartonshire 699 88.7% 9.3 629 84.4% 9.5 646 86.5% 9.4 623 92.5% 8.6 618 90.3% 8.7 662 84.1% 10.1
East Lothian 802 82.9% 9.8 769 82.7% 10.4 785 85.4% 9.0 749 87.0% 9.7 840 86.5% 10.7 738 83.3% 11.6
East Renfrewshire 570 75.1% 7.9 616 82.1% 7.2 600 91.8% 6.9 606 87.5% 7.0 581 85.0% 7.3 546 84.2% 8.3
Edinburgh, City of 1,984 67.8% 10.7 1,979 77.2% 9.8 2,253 79.0% 9.4 2,219 78.2% 9.1 2,148 80.6% 8.6 2,069 82.4% 8.3
Falkirk 510 84.9% 7.6 510 83.3% 8.6 493 80.3% 9.4 512 78.1% 8.9 514 79.6% 8.8 507 65.9% 11.7
Fife 1,696 58.8% 10.6 1,833 58.9% 11.7 1,767 59.0% 11.2 1,899 55.8% 11.9 1,756 60.3% 12.7 1,751 64.2% 12.8
Glasgow City 1,581 71.9% 9.9 1,712 73.7% 9.7 1,565 63.9% 10.6 1,503 69.3% 10.7 1,584 67.5% 11.0 1,403 69.6% 11.3
Highland 2,580 64.9% 10.2 2,392 65.1% 11.0 2,487 68.6% 10.6 2,383 70.9% 10.7 2,597 70.7% 10.6 2,436 67.3% 11.4
Inverclyde 329 86.9% 7.4 301 88.7% 7.5 279 91.0% 6.7 270 91.9% 7.0 303 86.8% 7.1 306 82.4% 7.7
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs NP 226 47.3% 10.8 238 33.6% 12.1 223 39.0% 12.3 193 56.5% 12.2 201 63.7% 12.0 237 59.9% 12.3
Midlothian 459 86.9% 9.1 403 83.4% 8.5 488 83.0% 8.7 423 87.0% 8.4 424 85.1% 10.0 444 74.8% 10.8
Moray 654 95.6% 6.1 596 95.8% 6.7 718 94.6% 7.2 789 92.6% 7.2 856 83.3% 10.1 817 67.2% 14.9
Na h-Eileanan Siar 351 51.3% 9.3 360 69.4% 7.6 317 65.9% 8.6 353 64.3% 11.1 400 60.5% 9.8 413 59.1% 10.7
North Ayrshire 456 98.7% 5.3 512 99.2% 5.2 454 98.7% 5.3 471 97.7% 5.7 495 96.0% 6.2 457 90.8% 7.7
North Lanarkshire 732 82.7% 6.9 858 76.3% 8.1 858 68.9% 9.6 838 73.3% 9.2 917 87.5% 8.4 875 73.7% 11.3
Orkney Islands 332 69.3% 8.3 386 72.0% 8.5 435 64.4% 8.6 365 67.4% 9.0 381 62.7% 10.6 609 46.1% 10.7
Perth & Kinross 1,273 84.8% 7.8 1,331 87.2% 7.4 1,407 81.8% 9.1 1,412 72.1% 9.5 1,495 73.5% 10.3 1,449 69.4% 10.2
Renfrewshire 554 61.9% 8.7 547 67.3% 8.5 554 72.0% 8.6 532 80.8% 7.7 566 80.7% 7.8 556 78.8% 9.2
Scottish Borders 594 86.9% 7.2 635 86.0% 7.2 884 73.6% 12.1 912 68.0% 15.0 907 69.7% 16.6 947 64.2% 13.9
Shetland Islands 243 55.1% 10.2 305 46.6% 11.9 313 47.0% 12.3 294 57.1% 9.6 356 57.0% 11.0 286 68.2% 11.0
South Ayrshire 731 85.5% 7.4 640 89.8% 6.8 687 90.4% 6.4 736 79.5% 7.9 693 90.8% 7.1 722 86.7% 7.6
South Lanarkshire 1,290 66.5% 8.7 1,470 76.6% 7.8 1,375 72.8% 10.3 1,431 71.1% 10.9 1,327 67.3% 13.1 1,274 68.8% 11.9
Stirling 624 67.0% 9.6 621 68.6% 9.6 596 68.1% 10.2 579 73.7% 9.5 630 77.6% 9.5 580 78.4% 9.7
West Dunbartonshire 213 66.2% 8.9 194 81.4% 8.3 208 69.2% 8.8 180 75.0% 8.5 208 75.5% 9.8 213 83.1% 9.3
West Lothian 577 78.2% 8.1 580 82.6% 8.4 618 82.4% 8.7 570 83.9% 8.0 612 77.8% 9.2 574 73.2% 12.0
SCOTLAND 26,220 74.1% 9.0 26,986 75.4% 9.2 28,764 73.4% 9.7 29,739 72.1% 10.1 30,026 72.7% 10.6 29,332 69.4% 11.4

Aberdeen City and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs saw the biggest improvements in the percentage of decisions made in less than two months between 2016/17 and 2017/18 ( Annual, 2017/18 - Table 4).


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