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SATISFACTION OVER PLANNING APPEALS

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A customer survey by the Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit shows that most users of the planning appeal system are s...
A customer survey by the Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit shows that most users of the planning appeal system are satisfied with the present appeal procedures according to a report published today.

The unit's Review of the Year 2000-01 reports on a customer survey carried out during summer 2000 which found that the majority of appellants, planning authorities and third parties were very or fairly satisfied with the appeal procedures. There was also a high level of satisfaction with the standard of service provided by the unit. Comprehensive details of the survey results are contained in the review.

The unit also recorded a second consecutive year where, despite a reduction in target timescales, their performance targets for planning, enforcement notice, and advertisement cases have been surpassed:

* 92 per cent of delegated planning appeals determined by written submissions procedure within 23 weeks (target: 80 per cent)

* 88 per cent of delegated planning appeals determined by public local inquiry within 42 weeks (target: 80 per cent)

* 98 per cent of delegated enforcement notice appeals determined by written submissions procedure within 28 weeks (target: 80 per cent)

* 100 per cent of delegated enforcement notice appeals determined by public local inquiry within 42 weeks (target: 80 per cent)

* 82 per cent of delegated advertisement cases determined by written submissions procedure within 19 weeks (target: 80 per cent)

Deputy transport and planning minister Lewis Macdonald said:

'This reports shows that the inquiry reporters unit is well respected and that its work makes an important contribution to guiding development, safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainable transport in Scotland. However, major challenges also lie ahead with a busy local plan programme and yet tougher performance target timescales introduced in April 2001.'

The review also shows that:

* the intake of new cases remained similar to the previous year

* appeals against refusal of planning permission still account for over 50 per cent of all cases

* single house developments account for 25 per cent of appeals against refusal of planning permission

* claims for awards of expenses have increased in number by nearly 50 per cent over the previous year

Copies of the Review of the Year 2000-01 can be obtained from the Scottish Executive Inquiry Reporters Unit, 2 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3AG or by calling 0131 244 5642

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