NORTH Ayrshire’s council planning team have been praised as the quickest deciders in Scotland with the local authority saying it’s continuing to set the standards across the country.

In a report submitted by Scotland’s Chief Planner, North Ayrshire are delivering on key planning decisions far quicker than most.

Every year, all 32 Scottish local authorities are asked to produce a Planning Performance Framework (PPF) monitoring themselves against key performance indicators.

The PPF showed that North Ayrshire Council’s Planning team has an average timescale for determining householder applications, of 5.1 weeks - faster than the Scottish average and well within the statutory timescale of eight weeks.

Timescales for non-householder applications is 5.9 weeks while major planning applications are dealt with in 11.1 weeks on average – both far lower than the Scottish average.

Cllr Tom Marshall, Chair of North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Committee, said the report highlighted the outstanding performance of the North Ayrshire Planning team.

He said: “Our planning team deserve a huge amount of credit for continuing to deliver such a fantastic time.

“Like all local authorities, we have had to adapt and make changes during the pandemic but it’s clear that this has not prevented us from being extremely efficient and, importantly, playing a key part in helping the local housing sector.

“The fact we are well above the Scottish average in making key decisions is testament to the hard work of the team and the processes we have in place that help us reach these decisions so quickly.”