Annex A – Distribution of Decision Times for Major Applications
The following chart shows the distribution of the decision times for major applications that were concluded between July and September (quarter two) of 2017/18. Each column of dots in Chart 35 shows the distribution of decision times for the applications. Each dot represents one application (some dots land on top of one other). The horizontal lines show the mean and median decision times.
Chart 35: Distribution of decision times in quarter two
2017/18 for major applications (excludes one legacy case)
For the 22 major housing developments decision times ranged from 8.3 weeks to 170.7 weeks (3.3 years). Fifty nine per cent (13 of 22 major housing development applications) were decided in a time that was quicker than the mean. The mean decision time has been influenced by a few lengthy decisions. There were three applications with a decision time longer than one year - one of these took over three years.
There were five major electricity generation developments with decision times ranging from 10.4 weeks to 119.7 weeks (2.3 years). The mean decision time of 49.5 weeks was influenced by two applications with long decision times of 1.3 years and 2.3 years.
There were three major mineral developments with decision times ranging from 6.0 to 45.9 weeks.
There was one major waste management application with a decision time of 25.7 weeks.
Decision times for 26 major other developments application ranged from 4.1 weeks to 92.3 weeks (1.8 years). Three applications had decision times of over a year. Eighteen of the 26 major other developments applications (69.2 per cent) were decided in a time that was quicker than the mean.