Argyll and Bute Council’s open for business approach praised by the Scottish Government

Published Date: 

19 Nov 2015 - 10:12

Positive feedback on the council’s planning practices

Argyll and Bute Council’s open for business approach to development has once again been praised by the Scottish Government in its positive feedback on last year’s planning performance framework, with particular praise for the certainty that the council offers developers, the positive approach to partnership working and the strong commitment to customer care.  

The planning performance framework is the annual performance scorecard that all local authorities must submit to the government for review. This document is considered by the minister responsible for planning, Alex Neil MSP.

Policy lead for planning, Councillor David Kinniburgh, said of the positive feedback: ‘’We are delighted with this feedback which shows, once again, that we are one of the top performing planning authorities in the country, with a real focus on working with developers to achieve sustainable economic growth.

‘’Mr Neil highlighted the fast turnaround times across all planning categories, with the average time taken to decide applications being well ahead of the national average, meaning projects can progress much faster. He also commended our partnership approach, where the council’s planning officers work closely with applicants, providing them with high quality professional advice at each stage of the planning process.

‘’It’s encouraging to have our planning practices recognised and endorsed at government level; this gives developers the reassurance that our methods are sound and that we’re proactive in our approach. The overall focus of the council’s planning service is on making things happen, supporting sustainable economic growth and regeneration.

‘’Despite the feedback being entirely positive and not indicating any red or immediate improvement actions we will continue our work to improve the service we offer our customers, as we have done year on year, and support development throughout the council area. Argyll and Bute Council is focused on job creation and bringing economically active people to our area; our open for business approach to planning is a key aspect of our overall strategy.’’

Notes                                                                                                   

Decision making timescales

Type of development

Argyll and Bute Council

National average

Major

14.1 weeks

46.4 weeks

Local

10.8 weeks

12.9 weeks

Householder

6.9 weeks

7.5 weeks