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Publication - Statistics Publication

Planning performance statistics: annual and quarterly reports, 2016-2017

Published: 25 Jul 2017
Part of:
Building, planning and design, Statistics
ISBN:
9781788511179

Statistics on planning decision-making and timescales between the periods 2012 to 2013 and 2016 to 2017.

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Contents
Planning performance statistics: annual and quarterly reports, 2016-2017
14. Annex

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14. Annex

14.1 Stopping the Clock

In some cases it is appropriate to remove a length of time from the total decision time. We have called this process of removing a specific length of time "stopping the clock". This should not be used for every application; it is about recording the data in a way that produces more accurate and relevant performance statistics that would otherwise have been skewed by extreme cases of delay outwith the planning authority's control. For the year 2016/17 there were a total of 1,170 applications where the clock was stopped for an average of 21.4 weeks. This compares with 1,402 applications stopped for an average of 30.8 weeks in the previous year. The table below shows the number of applications where the clock has been stopped by planning authority.

Table 9: Clock stops by planning authority, 2016/17 1,2

Planning Authority Total applications decided in 2016/17 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Aberdeen City 1,162 139 12.0% 15.1
Aberdeenshire 2,153 50 2.3% 5.4
Angus 773 11 1.4% 30.1
Argyll & Bute 1,311 56 4.3% 34.1
Cairngorms NP 2 1 50.0% 23.7
Clackmannanshire 237 5 2.1% 4.8
Dumfries & Galloway 1,106 10 0.9% 52.5
Dundee City 610 43 7.0% 13.4
East Ayrshire 643 84 13.1% 30.4
East Dunbartonshire 720 58 8.1% 6.4
East Lothian 970 11 1.1% 53.3
East Renfrewshire 685 12 1.8% 23.5
Edinburgh, City of 3,405 14 0.4% 84.6
Falkirk 612 17 2.8% 28.4
Fife 2,548 4 0.2% 20.3
Glasgow City 2,724 130 4.8% 22.4
Highland 2,754 15 0.5% 78.8
Inverclyde 388 23 5.9% 14.5
Loch Lomond & Trossachs NP 317 12 3.8% 22.0
Midlothian 493 25 5.1% 46.2
Moray 687 37 5.4% 7.2
Na h-Eileanan Siar 424 3 0.7% 14.3
North Ayrshire 631 9 1.4% 8.6
North Lanarkshire 1,054 38 3.6% 21.9
Orkney Islands 488 50 10.2% 12.7
Perth & Kinross 1,672 72 4.3% 26.0
Renfrewshire 697 24 3.4% 11.9
Scottish Borders 812 2 0.2% 185.6
Shetland Islands 367 33 9.0% 12.6
South Ayrshire 856 3 0.4% 22.2
South Lanarkshire 1,683 51 3.0% 16.5
Stirling 790 1 0.1% 78.3
West Dunbartonshire 246 50 20.3% 11.6
West Lothian 724 77 10.6% 19.5
SCOTLAND 34,744 1,170 3.4% 21.4

The following table gives an analysis of applications where the clock has been stopped by development type.

Table 10: Clock stops by development type, 2016/17

Development Type Total applications decided in 2016/17 Number of applications with clock stopped Percentage of applications with clock stopped Average length of time clock stopped (weeks)
Local developments        
Householder 13,400 172 1.3% 7.7
Other developments 5,920 226 3.8% 19.9
Housing 4,901 381 7.8% 22.7
Business and Industry 1,738 102 5.9% 12.9
Telecommunications 457 8 1.8% 11.3
AMSCs 294 25 8.5% 38.0
Electricity Generation 178 20 11.2% 26.2
Waste Management 30 1 3.3% 312.9
Minerals 28 3 10.7% 27.0
Marine Shellfish Farming 26 3 11.5% 9.8
Marine Finfish Farming 18 3 16.7% 4.4
Freshwater Fish Farming 0 0 - -
TOTAL 26,990 944 3.5% 18.8
Major developments        
Housing 108 37 34.3% 41.0
Other Developments 96 22 22.9% 80.7
Business and Industry 26 7 26.9% 44.3
Electricity Generation 10 4 40.0% 62.6
Minerals 6 2 33.3% 325.9
Waste Management 3 1 33.3% 19.7
Marine Shellfish Farming 0 0 - -
Freshwater Fish Farming 0 0 - -
Marine Finfish Farming 0 0 - -
TOTAL 249 73 29.3% 62.0
Other Consents        
Listed bldg.+con.area consents 3,593 92 2.6% 20.3
Advertisements 2,057 50 2.4% 13.0
Other consents and certificates 1,828 5 0.3% 11.2
Hazardous substances consents 14 5 35.7% 8.5
TOTAL 7,492 152 2.0% 17.2
Local with EIA        
Local Developments Subject To EIA 12 1 8.3% 64.3
AMSCs (Subject to EIA) 1 0 - -
TOTAL 13 1 7.7% 64.3

For 2016/17, local housing developments have the most applications where the clock has been stopped, with 22.7 weeks on average removed from decision times. This represents 7.8% of all applications for local housing developments. There are a variety of reasons why the clock is stopped but are often due to delays in concluding legal agreements and waiting for the applicant to sign a planning obligation. Other reasons include site survey required in relation to European protected species that must await a particular season, external consultants delay or awaiting advert fees to be paid.

Stop the clock advice has been issued to planning authorities to help with decisions for stopping the clock and is available at;

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

14.2 Distribution of decision times for major applications.

Chart 64 shows the distribution of the decision times for major housing applications (post 3rd August 2009) that were concluded in 2016/17.

Chart 64: Distribution of decision times for major housing applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (there were no legacy cases)

Chart 64: Distribution of decision times for major housing applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (there were no legacy cases)

The vertical line at 44.9 weeks shows the mean (average) decision time for major housing developments. The second line at 31.9 weeks shows the median decision time. Decision times range from 7.4 weeks to 177.4 weeks. The chart shows that the mean decision time has been influenced by several lengthy decisions. Almost 64% of major housing applications were decided in a time quicker than the average of 44.9 weeks. Nearly 40% of major housing applications were decided within 6 months.

The three lengthiest decisions that all took 140 weeks or longer are one each in South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire and Midlothian. The South Lanarkshire application was for residential developments with associated landscaping, roads, neighbourhood centre, community facilities and infrastructure works (with Environmental Impact Analysis), the North Lanarkshire application was for a residential development of up to 450 units, access and associated works and the Midlothian application is described as an application for planning permission in principle for residential development with associated car parking and access. All three applications were approved.

Chart 65 shows the distribution of the decision times for major other developments (post 3rd August 2009) that were concluded in 2016/17. The category "other developments" includes any developments not falling wholly within any of the specific categories of development for minerals, housing, business & industry, waste management, electricity generation, fish farming. It includes, but is not limited to, retail, leisure and entertainment, education, healthcare, community facilities, transport interchanges, water and drainage developments and projects. It can also include mixed use projects.

Chart 65: Distribution of decision times for major other developments ( post 3rd August 2009 ), 2016/17 (excludes 2 legacy cases)

Chart 65: Distribution of decision times for major other developments (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (excludes 2 legacy cases)

The vertical line at 30.4 weeks shows the mean (average) decision time for major other developments. The second line at 18.5 weeks shows the median decision time. Decision times range from 5.7 weeks to 284.1 weeks. The chart shows that the average decision time has been influenced by several lengthy decisions. Almost three quarters of major other developments were decided in a time quicker than the average of 30.4 weeks and 68% were decided within 6 months.

The lengthiest decision that took 284.1 weeks is in Falkirk Local Authority and is described as a development of up to 550 houses, a neighbourhood centre including retail and community uses, access junctions, new access roads, provision of a nature conservation area, associated roads and infrastructure. The application was approved.

Chart 66 shows the distribution of the decision times for major business and industry applications (post 3rd August 2009) that were concluded in 2016/17.

Chart 66: Distribution of decision times for major business and industry applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (there were no legacy cases)

Chart 66: Distribution of decision times for major business and industry applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (there were no legacy cases)

The vertical line at 33.2 weeks shows the mean (average) decision time for major business and industry developments. The second line at 21.8 weeks shows the median decision time. Decision times range from 9.1 weeks to 159.6 weeks. The average decision time has been influenced by a few lengthy decisions. Almost 77% of major business and industry applications were decided in a time quicker than the average of 33.2 weeks and more than 69% were decided within 6 months.

The lengthiest decision that took 159.6 weeks is in Aberdeenshire and is described as the change of use of land from agricultural to business, general industrial storage and distribution and formation of access. The application was approved.

Chart 67 shows the distribution of the decision times for the remaining major applications (post 3rd August 2009) that were concluded in 2016/17. These include applications for minerals, waste management and electricity generation.

Chart 67: Distribution of decision times for remaining major applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (excludes 1 legacy case)

Chart 67: Distribution of decision times for remaining major applications (post 3rd August 2009), 2016/17 (excludes 1 legacy case)

The vertical line at 29.5 weeks shows the mean (average) decision time for the remaining major developments. The second line at 16.7 weeks shows the median decision time. Decision times range from 5.3 weeks to 109.0 weeks. The chart shows that the average decision time has been skewed by a few lengthy decisions. Two thirds of the remaining major applications were decided in a time quicker than the average of 29.5 weeks and 61% were decided within 6 months.

The lengthiest decision that took 109.0 weeks is in Aberdeenshire and is described as continued mineral extraction and proposed extension including recycling of imported waste and site restoration. The application was approved.

14.3 Planning Performance Guidance

Detailed guidance is available to planning authorities to help with submission of quarterly data. This can be found here:

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

14.4 Calculation of cut-off date for 2 month target

Months are measured from a specific day in one month until the day with the preceding date in the following or subsequent months. Further guidelines on how this is calculated can be found here:

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

14.5 Revisions

The revisions policy for planning performance statistics has been developed in accordance with the UK Statistics Authority Code of practice for Official Statistics and further details are available at: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Planning/Revisions

During the analysis of annual figures for 2016/17 there have been a very small number of changes to previously published quarterly data, which have been incorporated into annual summaries.

The quarterly revisions have been footnoted in the latest publication:
Planning Authority Performance Statistics 2016/17 Quarter 4

14.6 Statistics for other UK countries

Information and statistics on planning applications for the other UK countries can be accessed at the following links:

England: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-applications-statistics

Wales: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/planningstats/?lang=en

Northern Ireland: http://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/tools/about-statistics.htm


Contact

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