Quicker planning performance supports economic growth

Turnaround above Scottish average

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We are processing planning applications quicker than both in previous years and the Scottish average.

The Planning Performance Framework report 2017/18, published by the Scottish Government, shows improvements in the timescales for all categories of application - major, local and householder.

Major development applications were decided in 14.9 weeks on average, compared to 29 weeks the year before and the Scottish figure of 33.6.

Local developments were completed in 7.8 weeks (10.5 in 2016/17) against the national average of 10.7 weeks while householder applications were dealt with in 6.3 weeks (7.2 the year before), compared to 7.3 nationally.

"As well as showing excellent performance in dealing with planning applications, importantly this report highlights our ability to support new development opportunities," explains Councillor Harry Curran, Convener of the Planning Committee.

"We are actively working to bring new homes, facilities, business and jobs to the area to continually boost the local economy and make North Lanarkshire the place to live, work and invest.

"Our planning service is supporting that ambition, meeting the demand from developers for attractive, sustainable sites that meet the needs of residents and businesses."

The Scottish Government report assesses the performance of all planning authorities against key markers.

It commended the council for providing a pre-application advice service to all developers in advance of them submitting major planning applications, and stated that a new customer service strategy had resulted in a more consistent service being offered to applicants.

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