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Planning performance statistics: Uses of the data

The planning performance statistics provide information on the number of planning applications received, types of decision and the time taken, local review bodies, and enforcement activity.

Published:
27 Jun 2014
Planning performance statistics: Uses of the data

The planning performance statistics provide information on the number of planning applications received, types of decision and the time taken, local review bodies, and enforcement activity. The statutory 2 month target for deciding on local applications are also reported. Data is published annually with quarterly updates, by development type and by planning authority. These statistics form part of the wider planning performance framework.

The key objective of the statistics is to allow Scottish Government and the planning authorities to monitor the performance of planning authorities in the timeliness of deciding planning applications. The statistics are also used to monitor the impact of the development management system, part of the modernising planning agenda, which was implemented on 3rd August 2009. These statistics also feed into the evidence used in the territorial liaison meetings between Scottish Government Department for Built Environment officials and planning authorities.

The statistics have been collected since the formation of the new councils in 1995. With the changes bought about by the modernisation of the planning system the statistical return was revised significantly to reflect the new development management system implemented in Scotland on 3rd August 2009. Statistics for the period prior to this are not comparable with those after August 2009, as the definitions of the development types were revised, and new categories were included to align the statistics collected with the hierarchy of development as set out in Scottish Planning policy. 

Official statistics are a tool used in decision making both inside and outside government, and for this tool to be effective it must be designed to meet the needs of users. If you have any contributions to this inventory to improve our knowledge of the ways in which the Planning Performance Statistics are used, they are very welcome. Please provide any comments on the uses you have made of these statistics and any suggestions for their improvement to planningstatistics@gov.scot.

 June 2014

Communities Analytical Services