It’s always pleasing to start the year on a positive note and we have had that in the shape of feedback on our Planning Performance Framework report.
The outcome is great credit to Gale Beattie and her colleagues in Strategic Place Planning, with Aberdeen City Council recognised for strong performance across a number of measures.
These include the reduction in timescales for decisions, collaboration with applicants, engagement with elected members and cross-service working within the Council.
That is just a snapshot of the comprehensive assessment carried out and the feedback provided by the Scottish Government, which has highlighted considerable progress.
The approach within planning fits hand in glove with the wider organisational objectives of a more efficient and customer-focused approach to everything we do.
The 2017/18 reports can be be viewed here and provides great detail on the ambitions for Strategic Place Planning and the city as a whole.
Well done to Gale and everyone in the team for the work done to date, the feedback is a tremendous reflection on the hard work and innovation being demonstrated.