Latest figures show “worrying” drop in major planning applications

While planning decisions have been arrived at more quickly in 2015-16, the Scottish Property Federation says there is a concerning drop in applications overall 

Annual statistics detailing the decision times taken on local and major planning applications have been met with a mixed reaction by the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).
The figures released last week by Scotland’s chief statistician show that planning decisions for local and major developments have been arrived at more quickly in 2015-16 than in previous years.
However, fewer planning applications have been decided overall, and there has been a 10% drop in major applications since 2014/15.
Mandy Catterall, government relations manager at the SPF, said: “It is very welcome that major planning applications are being decided more quickly.
“An efficient planning system is crucial in assuring investors that Scotland is open for business, at a time when the priority in Scotland must remain growing the economy and working with international investors to secure appropriate new investment and development.
“The drop in major applications is, however, very worrying.
“We need to continue to improve how we work together if we are to sustain economic growth and investment, which is more important than ever in this period of uncertainty.
“Our industry has the potential to strengthen the economy, renew the built environment investment, and deliver more homes.”
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