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Housing decisions faster than previous year

Published: 7 Apr 2016 09:30
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An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

Latest quarterly statistics show faster average decision times for major and local housing developments compared to the equivalent quarter last year.

Statistics on quarterly planning performance in Scotland have been released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

In quarter three (October to December) of 2015/16 there were 27 decisions made on major housing developments with an average decision time of 35.3 weeks. This was slower by almost one week than the previous quarter (34.4 weeks) but over 14 weeks quicker than the equivalent quarter in 2014/15 (49.7 weeks).

For the 1,432 decisions made on local housing developments the average decision time of 13.6 weeks was almost 4 days slower than the previous quarter (13.1 weeks) but 2 days quicker than the equivalent quarter in 2014/15 (13.9 weeks).

There were a further nine major housing applications concluded that were subject to separate processing agreements, of which eight (89%) met the agreed timescale that had been set between the developer and the local authority. There were also a further 39 local housing applications concluded that were subject to separate processing agreements, of which 23 (59%) met the agreed timescale.

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Charts exclude legacy cases and applications subject to separate processing agreements.

Key Findings for Quarter 3 of 2015/16:

The overall average decision time for all local developments was similar to the previous quarter, but quicker than the equivalent quarters in previous years.

Excluding pre 3rd-August 2009 cases results are:

  • For the third quarter from October to December 2015 the overall average decision time for local developments was 9.7 weeks, similar to the previous quarter (9.6 weeks). There is an improvement of more than 3 days when compared to quarter three in 2014/15 (10.2 weeks), and when compared to the equivalent quarter in 2013/14 (10.7 weeks) the improvement is one week.
  • For quarter three in 2015/16 the percentage of local development decisions made in less than two months was 73.1%, almost two per cent lower than 75.0% in the previous quarter but higher than 72.5% in the equivalent quarter last year.

The average decision time for local housing developments was almost four days slower than the previous quarter, but quicker than the equivalent quarters in previous years.

  • Excluding pre 3rd-August 2009 cases there were 1,432 decisions made on local housing applications decided during quarter three of 2015/16. The average decision time for these local housing developments was 13.6 weeks, slower by almost four days compared to the previous quarter (13.1 weeks) but more than two days quicker than the equivalent quarter in 2014/15 (13.9 weeks).

The overall average decision time for all major developments was more than four and a half weeks slower than the previous quarter, but quicker than the equivalent quarters in previous years.

Excluding pre 3rd-August 2009 cases results are:

  • There were a total of 76 major applications decided during the third quarter of 2015/16 and the average decision time was 32.7 weeks, more than four and a half weeks slower than the previous quarter (28.1 weeks) but almost 12 weeks quicker when compared to the equivalent quarter in 2014/15 (44.5 weeks).

The average decision time for major housing developments was almost one week slower than the previous quarter, but quicker than the equivalent quarters in the previous two years.

There were 27 decisions made on major housing developments decided during quarter three of 2015/16. The average decision time for these major housing developments was 35.3 weeks, almost one week slower than the previous quarter (34.4 weeks) but more than 14 weeks quicker than the equivalent quarter in 2014/15 (49.7 weeks).

  • The average has been influenced by five applications with a decision time of more than one year. In quarter three of 2014/15 the median decision time for major housing applications was 24.7 weeks compared to 30.3 weeks for the previous quarter. Average figures based on a small number of applications can be volatile when reporting quarterly trends.
  • In addition, there were nine major housing applications (not included in average time calculations) that were subject to processing agreements with eight (89%) of these meeting agreed timescales.

These figures exclude pre 3rd August 2009 cases.

Local developments include applications for household extensions and loft conversions etc, smaller housing and retail developments, as well as various other types of local developments.

Major developments include applications for developments of 50 or more homes, as well as certain waste, water, transport and energy-related developments, larger retail developments, and other types of major developments.

The overall rate of approvals for all types of application was 94.0% in the period October to December 2015, the same as the previous quarter (94.0%) but an increase compared to the equivalent quarter three in 2014/15 (93.1%).

The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Notes to editors

The figures presented in this Statistical News Release exclude pre 3rd August 2009 cases and applications subject to separate processing agreements. Also, some applications exclude time periods in which particular delays have been outwith the control of planning authorities. Further information on these types of applications is available in the full statistical publication.

The full statistical publication along with excel web tables can be accessed at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Planning/Publications

The publication contains a range of quarterly trend information on average decision times by development types and information on delegation and approval rates, appeals and local reviews, and enforcement activity.

It is based on quarterly data collected by the Scottish Government from Local and Planning Authorities as part of the Planning Performance Framework, which came into effect from April 2012.

We would be grateful for your views on the format and content of this publication, or if you have any suggestions for improvements that we could build into future versions. Please provide us with feedback by emailing us at planstats@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

More information on the Planning Performance Framework is available at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/Roles/Scottish-Government/Service-Improvement

Official statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of official statistics in Scotland can be accessed at:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/About