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Planning Performance Statistics Quarterly (October 2018 to March 2019)

Quarterly Planning Application Decision Times, October 2018 to March 2019, Published - An Official Statistics Publication

Statistics on quarterly planning performance detail the number of planning applications across Scotland and average decision times for most types of application including housing and business and industry.

KEY FINDINGS 

Applications for Local Developments (excludes legacy cases and applications with processing agreements)

  • There were 11,854 local development applications subject to average time calculations in the last six months of 2018/19, 550 fewer than the same period in the previous year. The average decision time was 9.1 weeks, slightly quicker than the 9.2 weeks for the same period in the previous year.
  • The average decision time for the 6,155 local development applications decided in quarter three was 8.8 weeks matching the quickest time for any previous quarter. In quarter four 5,699 applications had an average decision time of 9.4 weeks.

​Applications for Major Developments (excludes legacy cases and applications with processing agreements)

  • There were 97 major development applications subject to average time calculations in the last six months of 2018/19, 29 fewer than in the same period in the previous year. The average decision time was 29.8 weeks, 1.4 weeks quicker than the 31.2 weeks for the same period in the previous year.
  • The average decision time for 58 major development applications concluded in quarter three was 26.5 weeks, quicker than any previous quarter. In quarter four 39 major development applications had an average decision time of 34.8 weeks.
  • The average decision time figures have been influenced by a number of lengthier decision times. There were 12 decision times of longer than a year – seven in quarter three and five in quarter four. The longest decision time in quarter three was was 1.5 years. Two decisions in quarter four took more than two years, the longest taking 2.8 years

​Applications with Processing Agreements

  • A number of applications were concluded that were subject to separate processing agreements where timescales for decisions are agreed in advance. These are not included in average decision time calculations.
  • In quarter three of 2018/19 there were 546 local development applications with processing agreements, 80.2% of these met agreed timescales. In quarter four there were 538, 76.6% meeting the agreed timescales.
  • In quarter three of 2018/19 there were 28 major development applications with processing agreements, 78.6% of these met agreed timescales. In quarter four there were 26, 73.1% meeting the agreed timescales.

​Legacy Cases

  • There were three Local Developments and one Major Development pre 3rd August 2009 legacy cases concluded.

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