Planning performance statistics 2020/2021: quarterly (April 2020 to September 2020)

This report presents summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for April to September 2020, as well as historic data back to 2016/17. It is based on data collected from Local and Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework (introduced in 2012).

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8. Appeals and Local Reviews

Local Review Bodies[4] dealt with 57 cases in the first quarter of 2020/21, 64.9% of which had the original decision upheld. In quarter two there were 134 applications subject to local reviews with 63.4% resulting in the original decision being upheld. In the same period in the previous year 66.7% (of 129 cases) were upheld in quarter one and 69.0% (of 155 cases) in quarter two had their original decisions upheld.

COVID-19 restrictions initially resulted in limited opportunities for Local Review Bodies to meet which will have impacted on the number of appeals processed, particularly in quarter one.

In addition 67.7% (of 34 cases) of appeals to Scottish Ministers in quarter one and 48.6% (of 74 cases) in quarter two had the original decision upheld. This compares with 68.8% (of 64 cases) and 55.1% (of 78 cases) respectively for quarter one and quarter two in 2019/20.



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