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13/06/13 09:45

REVISION TO PLANNING PERFORMANCE STATISTICS, 2012/13 QUARTERS 1 AND 2

Revised statistics on planning performance in Scotland have been released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. These statistics give information on average decision times.

Revised statistics on planning performance in Scotland have been released today by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. These statistics give information on average decision times.

A review of 2012/13 Quarter 1 and 2 data revealed that a sizeable proportion of major applications were wrongly coded in planning authority systems. Therefore, in collaboration with the relevant planning authorities, these wrongly coded major applications have now been correctly re-coded. In addition some applications were removed that should not have been included in calculations. Consequently planning performance statistics have been revised.

The main findings are:

In quarter 1, 2012/13 the number of major applications has been revised down by 24 applications from 83 to 59 applications with a corresponding reduction in overall decision time from 65.4 weeks to 59.7 weeks. For quarter 2, 2012/13 the number of major applications has been revised down by 25 applications from 89 to 64 applications with a corresponding reduction in overall decision time from 80.6 weeks to 66.7 weeks.

Differences for the larger number of local applications are less marked. In quarter 1, 2012/13 the number of local applications has been revised up by 18 applications from 7,815 to 7,833 applications with a corresponding small increase in overall average decision time from 12.6 to 12.8 weeks. The corresponding percentage of local applications decided in under two months has been revised from 70.2 % to 70.1%. In quarter 2, 2012/13 the number of local applications has been revised up by 18 applications from 7,656 to 7,674 applications with a corresponding small increase in overall average decision time from 11.7 to 11.9 weeks. The corresponding percentage of local applications decided in under two months remained stable at 68.5%.

(2) SEPARATE PRESENTATION OF POST- 3RD AUGUST 2009 APPLICATIONS

For the first time in 2012/13 Quarter 3 some additional analysis that focussed on the current planning system, post 3rd August 2009, was introduced. It was apparent that a few legacy pre-August 2009 cases were badly skewing results. By removing these legacy cases the new analysis gave a truer reflection of current planning performance as it focused on the current development management system (post August 2009). Revised statistics for quarters 1 and 2 are now for the first time presented in the same way, so that comparisons can be made more easily.

The main findings are:

  • The removal of legacy cases from major applications has a marked effect on results. In quarter 1, there were a total of 59 major applications that took on average 59.7 weeks to decide. However when legacy pre-August 2009 applications are removed the number of major applications drops to 51 cases that took on average 36.7 weeks for a decision. In quarter 2 when legacy cases are removed, a total of 64 major applications that took on average 66.7 weeks, reduces to 47 cases that took on average 35.2 weeks for a decision.

  • Legacy cases have also been separated out from applications for local developments. In quarter 1, this reduces the number of applications from 7,833 to 7,774 with average time for a decision reducing from 12.8 weeks to 11.2 weeks. The corresponding percentage of applications taking under 2 months for a decision increases from 70.1% to 70.6%. In quarter 2, the number of applications reduces from 7,674 to 7,640 with average time for a decision reducing from 11.9 weeks to 11.2 weeks. The corresponding percentage of applications taking under 2 months for a decision increases from 68.5% to 68.8%.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publications can be accessed at:

Planning Performance Statistics 2012/13 - Quarter 1

Planning Performance Statistics 2012/13 - Quarter 2

A new Planning Performance Framework came into effect from April 2012. This gives a more rounded assessment of overall performance and service quality by planning authorities.

These statistics replace the previously published Planning Performance Statistics which measured the number of planning applications determined by Scottish Planning Authorities against the statutory timeframes.

Reporting for local applications is similar to previous statistics with percentages shown for those applications that are decided within two months. For major applications it has previously been acknowledged that a four month target was not always the best measure of performance. Therefore major applications no longer show percentages for those applications that are decided within four months. The average times taken to make decisions are shown for both local and major applications.

More information is available at:

http:/www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/planning/modernising/cc/ImprovementPlans

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.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/About