4. Processing Agreements
Some local authorities use processing agreements where the developer and the local authority agree on timescales for decisions. When an application is subject to a processing agreement it is removed from average decision time calculations and reported separately (Year End, 2018/19 – Table 1).
Table 1: Processing Agreements, 2018/19, Quarter 3 and 4
|Quarter 3||Quarter 4|
|Category of development||Number of Decisions||% Within Agreed Timescales||Number of Decisions||% Within Agreed Timescales|
In the last six months of 2018/19 there were 1,363 applications decided that had processing agreements, 260 (23.6%) more than the same period in the previous year.
In quarter three 7.9% of all applications (683 of 8,696) had processing agreements, in quarter four this increased to 8.4% (680 of 8,070) of all applications having a processing agreement.
Chart 29: Proportion of applications with Processing Agreements