Planning & Environment

Some food for thought emerging from the statistics in this year’s DPEA Review:

  • 88% of planning appeals were determined within the DPEA’s target date.
  • 506 appeal cases were received (down 18%).
  • 92 non-appeal cases were received. This relatively dramatic jump is attributable to LDP examinations (11 in comparison to 3 last year) and a significant number of wayleave cases (51 up from 22 last year).
  • The total number of cases received has remained at a reduced level in recent years – most likely on account of the continued diversion of smaller scale cases to LRBs.
  • Of the 431 appeal cases decided, 18 were considered by oral process with 6 being allowed (success rate of 33%) with the vast majority (413) being decided by site visit or review of written submissions with 194 being allowed (success rate of 47%). No explanation is given for the differing success rates – but, appeals meriting a hearing or inquiry are likely to be more contentious in the first place.
  • Awards of expenses remain hard to come by. Of the 46 claims submitted for expenses, only 11 were successful – a slight improvement on the previous year.
  • For the 7 development plans examined in the last year, the time taken by the DPEA varied considerably. While the North Ayrshire LDP took the longest (43 weeks), the Dundee LDP was completed in less than half the time (only 21 weeks). Something to bear in mind for those keeping an eye on emerging LDPs for timing the submission of applications.

Overall, the level of detail that the review devotes to the trends, types and timescales for appeals make it an invaluable resource for anyone planning a planning appeal in the near future.

Victoria Lane