Annex A: Distribution of Decision Times for Major Applications
The following chart shows the distribution of the decision times for major applications that were concluded between April to June (quarter one) of 2017/18. Each column of dots in Chart 35 shows the distribution of decision times for the applications. Each dot represents one application (some dots land on top of one other). The horizontal lines show the mean and median decision times.
Chart 35: Distribution of decision times in quarter one 2017/18 for major applications (excludes one legacy case)
For major housing developments decision times ranged from 6.7 weeks to 147 weeks. 70 per cent (21 of 30 major housing development applications) were decided in a time that was quicker than the mean. The mean decision time has been influenced by a few lengthy decisions. There were nine applications with a decision time longer than one year - three of these took over two years.
The mean decision time for major business & industry applications has been influenced by the application with the longest decision time, 38.0 weeks. The other three applications had decision times ranging from 10.0 to 16.7 weeks.
There were three major mineral developments with decision times ranging from 9.7 to 25.0 weeks.
There was one major waste management application.
Decision times for major other developments ranged from 7.6 weeks to 380.1 weeks. The mean decision time for major other developments has been strongly influenced by a single application with a lengthy decision time of over seven years. The remaining 16 applications for major other developments had decision times of less than a year with 88.2 per cent (15 of 17 major other development applications) decided in a time that was quicker than the mean.