Planning performance statistics: third quarter 2017-2018

This report presents the latest summary statistics on planning, decision-making, and timescales for October to December 2017 (quarter 3).

4. Processing Agreements

Some local authorities use processing agreements where the developer and the local authority agree on timescales for decisions. When an application is subject to a processing agreement it is removed from average decision time calculations and reported separately. In quarter three of 2017/18 there were 530 applications that were subject to a processing agreement, 2 fewer than in the previous quarter, and 74.7 per cent of these were decided within agreed timescales ( Quarter 3, 2017/18 – Table 1).

Table 1: Processing Agreements, 2017/18, Quarter 3

Category of development Number of Decisions % Within Agreed Timescales
Major Applications 21 76.2%
Local Applications 429 74.8%
EIA Developments 3 100.0%
Other Consents 77 72.7%
Total 530 74.7%


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