ANGUS MACDONALD QUESTIONS PERFORMANCE OF FALKIRK COUNCIL’S PLANNING DEPARTMENT
Thursday, 18 July 2013 22:54
Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald has questioned the performance of Falkirk Council’s Planning Department following the release of planning performance statistics today (18th July) by the Scottish Government which show the average time taken by local authorities to make a decision on planning applications can be as high as four times the target time period.
Local authorities throughout Scotland have a target to determine major applications within a period of four months. Only two Scottish local authorities (East Dunbartonshire and Stirling) recorded an average time period below four months for the determination of major planning applications.
Falkirk Council has failed to meet the Scottish Government targets.
Commenting on the statistics, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“As a former member of Falkirk Council’s Planning Committee I have some sympathy with the pressures faced by the planning department in Falkirk. Clearly Falkirk Council’s planning department is facing a significant workload and financial pressures, as is the Council as a whole. However, a system where the average major planning application is taking longer than the target set by the Scottish Government to determine is a real cause for concern. It hinders the delivery of industrial, commercial and housing developments the economy of Falkirk district needs to build a long-term recovery.
“Future planning policy needs to reinforce its focus on enabling appropriate developments in suitable locations. The process needs to be streamlined with the necessary investment in resources to help ensure many more applications are determined within established deadlines.”