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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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9. Clock Stops 

Tables 2 and 3 show the number of applications where the clock was stopped by the planning authority for applications decided in quarters one and two of 2020/21.

In the first six months of 2020/21 30 local authorities provided information on particular delays for 777 applications that were outwith their control and on which it was agreed it was appropriate to stop the clock for periods of time; 399 from 28 authorities in quarter one and 378 across 30 authorities in quarter two. 

Clock stops were not used where there was a delay to authority processing as a result of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

Table 2: Clock stops by planning authority [1], 2020/21, Quarter 1
Planning Authority Total applications not subject to processing agreements decided in 2020/21 Q1 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Aberdeen City 165 12 7.3% 24.4
Aberdeenshire 298 7 2.3% 15.6
Angus 124 0 0.0% -
Argyll and Bute 202 19 9.4% 20.0
Cairngorms National Park (NP) 1 0 0.0% -
Clackmannanshire 39 5 12.8% 6.8
Dumfries and Galloway 240 6 2.5% 5.9
Dundee City 114 2 1.8% 25.6
East Ayrshire  54 6 11.1% 5.4
East Dunbartonshire 144 44 30.6% 4.0
East Lothian  281 18 6.4% 26.5
East Renfrewshire 96 0 0.0% -
City of Edinburgh 611 9 1.5% 29.6
Falkirk 51 0 0.0% -
Fife 347 1 0.3% 4.0
Glasgow City 512 63 12.3% 10.2
Highland 632 6 0.9% 25.7
Inverclyde 75 6 8.0% 26.8
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs NP 25 8 32.0% 18.2
Midlothian 86 10 11.6% 8.6
Moray 166 57 34.3% 5.2
Na h-Eileanan Siar 85 4 4.7% 17.3
North Ayrshire 112 6 5.4% 5.0
North Lanarkshire 116 7 6.0% 13.9
Orkney Islands 104 21 20.2% 16.4
Perth and Kinross 224 8 3.6% 9.0
Renfrewshire 138 31 22.5% 14.8
Scottish Borders 131 0 0.0% -
Shetland Islands 40 8 20.0% 12.1
South Ayrshire 62 0 0.0% -
South Lanarkshire 263 4 1.5% 48.0
Stirling 198 2 1.0% 8.6
West Dunbartonshire 65 17 26.2% 8.9
West Lothian 150 12 8.0% 12.5
SCOTLAND 5,951 399 6.7% 12.6

1. Applications subject to Processing Agreements are not included in this analysis.

Table 3: Clock stops by planning authority [1], 2020/21, Quarter 2
Planning Authority Total applications not subject to processing agreements decided in 2020/21 Q2 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Aberdeen City 110 6 5.5% 11.3
Aberdeenshire 351 5 1.4% 15.7
Angus 125 0 0.0% 0.0
Argyll and Bute 259 19 7.3% 16.8
Cairngorms National Park (NP) 0 0 - -
Clackmannanshire 56 6 10.7% 6.6
Dumfries and Galloway 260 3 1.2% 4.2
Dundee City 133 6 4.5% 15.0
East Ayrshire  112 4 3.6% 2.6
East Dunbartonshire 189 58 30.7% 6.1
East Lothian  264 30 11.4% 11.8
East Renfrewshire 112 0 0.0% -
City of Edinburgh 598 7 1.2% 31.0
Falkirk 113 1 0.9% 2.9
Fife 315 1 0.3% 91.6
Glasgow City 371 71 19.1% 10.5
Highland 594 2 0.3% 51.6
Inverclyde 74 10 13.5% 8.2
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs NP 39 6 15.4% 29.0
Midlothian 79 2 2.5% 11.0
Moray 124 33 26.6% 10.4
Na h-Eileanan Siar 92 5 5.4% 9.5
North Ayrshire 124 8 6.5% 13.9
North Lanarkshire 164 3 1.8% 18.0
Orkney Islands 82 17 20.7% 8.4
Perth and Kinross 291 11 3.8% 24.5
Renfrewshire 124 10 8.1% 7.4
Scottish Borders 161 0 0.0% -
Shetland Islands 44 8 18.2% 8.6
South Ayrshire 227 1 0.4% 10.0
South Lanarkshire 355 10 2.8% 35.7
Stirling 164 8 4.9% 19.4
West Dunbartonshire 43 17 39.5% 13.3
West Lothian 233 10 4.3% 18.5
SCOTLAND 6,382 378 5.9% 12.7

1. Applications subject to Processing Agreements are not included in this analysis.

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