The Scottish Government have published planning performance statistics for 2011/12 Q3. These include separate tables for electricity generation developments, a large percentage of which are presumably renewables projects.

These tables report on the % of applications determined within the 2 and 4 month time limits for local and major developments respectively (it is not clear how these tables deal with local developments which require EIA – the 4 month time limit applies to those).

In Q3, the vast majority of applications (340) were for projects below 20MW (ie. local developments). Only 10 major applications (20+MW) were received.

In general, 68.3% of all developments subject to the 2 month time limit are determined within that period, but only 37.6% of electricity generation developments. That presumably reflects the complicated nature of most renewables projects irrespective of their scale.

4 planning authorities dealt with the bulk of local electricity developments: Aberdeenshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Orkney and Highland. Their record for determining applications within the 2 month period ranged from 16.4% to 50%. There is no explanation provided for the significant difference in performance. This is why a new planning performance framework has been drawn up by the Heads of Planning Scotland.

Neil Collar

Partner at Brodies LLP
Neil is a partner at Brodies LLP and consistently rated as one of Scotland’s leading planning lawyers. He is well known for both his planning inquiry advocacy and his advisory work. Neil has a particular interest in renewable energy developments.
Neil Collar