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02/10/2014

Development decision times hasten significantly

Words: Roger Milne

The average decision time for both local and major developments has accelerated, according to figures released by Scotland’s chief statistician

The average decision time for a local development in quarter one of 2014/15 was 10.1 weeks, the quickest average decision time since average times reporting started in 2012.

Meanwhile, the average decision time for a major development in quarter one of 2014/15 was 28.9 weeks, again the quickest average decision time since average time reporting started.

The average decision time for the 86 major developments decided in the first quarter from April to June 2014 was 28.9 weeks, down by more than six weeks from the previous quarter (35.2 weeks) and also down by almost four weeks on the same quarter in the previous year (32.8 weeks). When compared with the first quarter in 2012/13 (38.5 weeks), the improvement is almost 10 weeks.

The average decision time for the 7,855 local developments decided in the first quarter 2014/15 was 10.1 weeks, down by more than two days from the previous quarter (10.5 weeks). There is a similar improvement compared with the equivalent quarter in 2013/14 (10.5 weeks) and when compared with the first quarter in 2012/13 (11.2 weeks) the improvement is at least one week.

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