Warning for recovery

Builders ‘frustrated’ by ongoing planning delays

Tammy Swift Adams

Tammy Swift-Adams: decision times are creeping up

Property leaders say new data revealing a slowdown in planning decisions are “a warning sign” for attempts to rebuild the economy.

Only 13 major developments were settled in 2019-20 across the whole of Scotland, while further delays in deciding housing applications have been described as “hugely frustrating”.

The figures show an increase in average decision time for local developments and in average decision time for major developments since the previous year.

In 2019/20 the average decision time for major development applications was 33.5 weeks, just under a week slower than the 32.6 weeks for the previous year.

The Scottish Property Federation tweeted: “Pre-COVID-19 planning performance stats published today show only 13 business and industry major developments determined in Scotland in 2019/20. This is a warning sign for the wider economy as we seek to rebuild after COVID-19.”

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