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Planning Performance Statistics 2020/21: Annual

Published: 20 Jul 2021

Summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for 2020/21 with historic data going back to 2012/13. It is based on data collected by the Scottish Government from Local and Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework (introduced in 2012).

Planning Performance Statistics 2020/21: Annual
6. Delegation Rates

6. Delegation Rates

Schemes of Delegation identify who makes the decision on different types of planning application, whether it be an appointed officer or elected members. This also influences the route for any subsequent appeal. These schemes are required by legislation and are available on the websites of each planning authority.

The delegation rates shown below measure the proportion of planning decisions that are made by appointed officers. The delegation rate for 2020/21 was 96.3%, matching the previous year the highest delegation rate since 2012/13.

COVID-19 restrictions initially resulted in limited opportunities for committees to meet which may have impacted on the proportion of applications with delegated decisions.

Table 3: Percentage of all applications delegated in period
2020/21 2019/20 2018/19 2017/18 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13
96.3% 96.3% 95.8% 95.7% 95.3% 94.9% 94.5% 92.6% 91.2%

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