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03/01/2020

13% decline in applications lodged in Northern Ireland

Words: Laura Edgar

In the second quarter of 2019/2020 there were 2,944 planning applications submitted to local authorities in Northern Ireland, according to statistics published by the Northern Ireland Executive.

This is a decline of 13 per cent compared with Q1 but similar to the figure reported a year earlier, the release states.

This comprised 2,907 local applications and 37 major applications.

Between July and September 2019 (Q2), 3,161 planning applications were decided upon, a 5 per cent increase on the previous quarter and 3 per cent on the same period a year earlier. The release shows that decisions were issued on 3,133 local, 27 major and one regionally significant planning application.

It took an average of 13.8 weeks to process local applications to decision or withdrawal during the first six months of 2019/20, which was within the 15-week target and is an improvement of 1.2 weeks compared with the same period in 2018/19. Eight of the 11 councils were within the 15-week target after two quarters of 2019/20.

During the first six months of 2019/20, it took an average of 57.4 weeks to process major applications. The release says this represents a "small" improvement of 0.5 weeks compared with the same point in 2018/19, but notes that this is still higher than the 30-week target.

Across Northern Ireland’s councils, 83 per cent of enforcement cases were concluded within 39 weeks during the first six months of 2019/20, which meets the statutory target of 70 per cent and represents an increase on the figure reported for the same period a year earlier – 81 per cent.

Breaking that down, 10 of the 11 councils were within the 39-week target at the end of Q2 2019/20.

The statistical release can be found on the Department for Infrastructure website.

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