Good report for local council

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A Scottish Government report has highlighted the quality of the service Argyll and Bute Council’s planning department provides.

This year’s report highlights Argyll and Bute Council’s strong performance when compared to the national average, with its service registering 11 positive ‘green’ ratings, three ‘amber’, and only one ‘red’ rating.

Areas which received positive feedback in the report for 2016/17 included the council’s successful reduction in the time required for decisions on major planning developments to 22 weeks, outstripping the national average of 37 weeks.

The council’s early engagement of elected members and external stakeholders in the planning process was also recognised. As was the council’s commitment to sharing good practice with other local authorities.

The Scottish Government did not identify any areas for improvement by the service in 2017/18.

Councillor David Kinninburgh, policy lead for planning, said: “Our planning service plays a key role in the economic growth of Argyll and Bute, assessing and supporting projects as wide ranging as windfarms, housing developments and listed building refurbishments.

“The focus in all cases is on providing a high quality, efficient and responsive service which supports the ambitions of businesses and individuals while also ensuring the interests of the wider community and the local environment.

“Overall our planning services’ drive is to develop Argyll and Bute as ‘open for business’ and so build a successful local economy. We’re pleased that this Scottish Government report highlights the success of that strategy.”