Planning performance

We have to make a report every year on how our planning service is performing. We have to do this under the Planning Performance Framework (PPF). This annual report covers:

  • how quickly we decide on applications
  • certainty of timescales, our process and advice
  • making sure we get good quality development
  • project management
  • clear and open communications with customers
  • an overall 'open for business' attitude

It gives a clearer view of the overall performance and quality of services offered by our planning service and will be used to help improvements in the future.

Planning Performance Framework 2017

Enforcement is another vital part of the overall planning process and exists to protect the environment and general public interest. Our Planning Enforcement Charter below explains what enforcement means, what the Council can and can't do, the service standards we set ourselves and what happens at each stage of what can sometimes be a lengthy process

Planning enforcement charter

Our Development Management Charter sets out the aims of the Development Management Unit and our targets for achieving the Council's vision. The document sets out what users can expect from the Development Management Unit and provides a guide to the planning process from pre-application discussions through to completion of development.

Development Management Charter

Building Standards performance

Balanced Scorecard

Our Balanced Scorecard is a business action plan for how our Building Standards service will be managed. It acts as a strategic planning and management tool to ensure that our activities align to our overarching vision and goals as an organisation.

Building Standards Balanced Scorecard

Customer Charter

The National Customer Charter for Building Standards Verification provides information about the minimum standards of service that all local authority verifiers should meet.

Our Local Customer Charter underpins the aims of the National Customer Charter. It sets out the standard of service customers can expect when using our Building Standards services.

It will inform you about:

  • Our vision and values
  • Our aims
  • Our commitments and performance targets
  • The services we provide
  • How to give a view or make a complaint
Building Standards Local Customer Charter
Building Standards National Customer Charter

Feedback on performance

The verification performance framework was introduced in 2012 following the re-appointment of local authorities as verifiers for their own geographical areas. At the time of re-appointment, Scottish Ministers committed to review the performance of local authorities as verifiers in the lead up to the next appointment period.

This review is currently underway and is considering local authority performance since 2012, as well as identifying any enhancements that may be necessary to the framework based on the evidence gathered. A report detailing the feedback we received and our response to this can be found below:

Verification Performance Feedback - September 2015

National customer satisfaction reports

The Scottish Government commission annual customer satisfaction surveys in order to measure the perceived customer experience and to better understand how this can be improved. Reports detailing how we performed in these surveys can be found below:

Building Standards National Customer Survey Report 2016
Building Standards National Customer Survey Report 2015
Building Standards National Customer Survey Report 2014