Scottish Property Federation responds to latest Scottish Government planning statistics

20 Jul 2016

Policy area: Development

Annual statistics detailing the decision times taken on local and major planning application have been met with a mixed reaction by the Scottish Property Federation (SPF).

The figures, released on 20 July by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, show that planning decisions for local and major developments have been arrived at more quickly in 2015/2016 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 Scottish Property Federation, 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.”