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Planning performance statistics 2021/2022: Quarterly (April 2021 to September 2021)

This report presents summary statistics on planning application decision-making timescales for April to September 2021, as well as historic data back to 2017/18. 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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10. Clock Stops

Table 2 and Table 3 show the number of applications where the clock was stopped by the planning authority for applications decided in quarters one and two of 2021/22.

In the first two quarters of 2021/22 30 local authorities provided information on particular delays for 1,150 applications that were outwith their control and on which it was agreed it was appropriate to stop the clock for periods of time.

Clock stops were used for 6.0% of all applications not subject to processing agreements in quarter one (547 of 9,170) and 7.1% (603 of 8,527) in quarter two.

Table 2: Clock stops by planning authority 1, 2021/22, Quarter 1
Planning Authority Total applications decided in 2021/22 Q1 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Aberdeen City 212 14 6.6% 19.03
Aberdeenshire 479 4 0.8% 3.25
Angus 165 - 0.0% -
Argyll and Bute 328 24 7.3% 11.65
Cairngorms National Park (NP) 1 - 0.0% -
Clackmannanshire 67 7 10.4% 11.76
Dumfries and Galloway 380 8 2.1% 22.39
Dundee City 186 5 2.7% 34.80
East Ayrshire 147 11 7.5% 11.71
East Dunbartonshire 265 53 20.0% 7.71
East Lothian 317 11 3.5% 37.06
East Renfrewshire 122 - 0.0% -
City of Edinburgh 1,078 15 1.4% 27.87
Falkirk 135 2 1.5% 12.86
Fife 437 - 0.0% -
Glasgow City 732 101 13.8% 13.36
Highland 793 16 2.0% 18.11
Inverclyde 108 9 8.3% 35.95
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs NP 92 7 7.6% 29.29
Midlothian 143 6 4.2% 5.38
Moray 164 76 46.3% 10.52
Na h-Eileanan Siar 134 3 2.2% 16.57
North Ayrshire 178 18 10.1% 5.79
North Lanarkshire 334 6 1.8% 11.26
Orkney Islands 95 21 22.1% 6.83
Perth and Kinross 446 8 1.8% 7.13
Renfrewshire 164 46 28.0% 12.80
Scottish Borders 163 3 1.8% 5.38
Shetland Islands 100 3 3.0% 26.57
South Ayrshire 254 2 0.8% 6.86
South Lanarkshire 402 5 1.2% 14.54
Stirling 217 24 11.1% 10.82
West Dunbartonshire 77 27 35.1% 6.98
West Lothian 255 12 4.7% 23.21
Scotland 9,170 547 6.0% 13.4

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

Table 3: Clock stops by planning authority 1, 2021/22, Quarter 2
Planning Authority Total applications decided in 2021/22 Q2 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Aberdeen City 218 14 6.4% 18.6
Aberdeenshire 516 7 1.4% 6.8
Angus 121 - 0.0% -
Argyll and Bute 312 32 10.3% 20.4
Cairngorms National Park (NP) 0 - - -
Clackmannanshire 58 2 3.4% 16.6
Dumfries and Galloway 275 2 0.7% 12.4
Dundee City 178 4 2.2% 73.6
East Ayrshire 114 13 11.4% 18.2
East Dunbartonshire 219 63 28.8% 8.0
East Lothian 289 34 11.8% 15.0
East Renfrewshire 198 - 0.0% -
City of Edinburgh 918 9 1.0% 16.4
Falkirk 132 10 7.6% 22.7
Fife 434 - 0.0% -
Glasgow City 652 110 16.9% 10.9
Highland 805 23 2.9% 23.2
Inverclyde 73 5 6.8% 21.3
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs NP 91 28 30.8% 74.9
Midlothian 114 1 0.9% 17.7
Moray 151 70 46.4% 11.0
Na h-Eileanan Siar 105 4 3.8% 13.8
North Ayrshire 168 12 7.1% 6.2
North Lanarkshire 294 9 3.1% 15.1
Orkney Islands 86 26 30.2% 10.3
Perth and Kinross 370 10 2.7% 18.8
Renfrewshire 197 44 22.3% 9.9
Scottish Borders 169 2 1.2% 13.7
Shetland Islands 66 7 10.6% 8.2
South Ayrshire 299 3 1.0% 5.81
South Lanarkshire 385 2 0.5% 10.1
Stirling 199 34 17.1% 6.5
West Dunbartonshire 45 13 28.9% 7.3
West Lothian 276 10 3.6% 14.6
Scotland 8,527 603 7.1% 15.6

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

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