Planning waiting times are halved

Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009
Scottish Borders Council logo''April 2009

Scottish Borders Council has cut the average time it takes for it to decide major planning applications by more than half.

In 2013/14 it took more than 70 weeks to deal with schemes like wind farms or large housing developments.

That was reduced to an average of just over 30 weeks last year.

Smaller scale developments also saw reductions which it is hoped will result in improved ratings for the service from the Scottish government.

Councillor Ron Smith, executive member for planning and environment, said he was delighted with the progress which had been made.

“The further reduction in average decision-making timescales is to be applauded, especially given the significant workload that the planning service continues to face with major applications, such as wind farms,” he said.