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02/06/2014

An Bord Pleanála reports improved planning casework performance

Words: Roger Milne
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An Bord Pleanala has reported significant improvements in its casework handling performance last year and during the first quarter of 2014.

According to its latest statistics on handling times, some 72 per cent of normal planning appeals were dealt with within 18 weeks (the statutory target period) in 2013. And in the first quarter of this year, the relevant figure had increased to 82 per cent.
 
The average time for determining normal planning appeals was down from 23 to 19 weeks by the end of 2013 and now stands at 15.5 weeks.
 
Overall, the latest figures showed that more than 62 per cent of all casework, including strategic developments, was determined within the relevant statutory objective periods in 2013. That rose to 69 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2014, a significant increase on compliance rates in previous years.
 
Bord chairman Dr. Mary Kelly, said: “2013 was a year of substantial progress for us, with the backlog of planning casework being cleared and figures continuing to improve. It must be acknowledged that the 18 weeks statutory requirement set for An Bord Pleanála to decide on cases cannot be delivered every time.
 
“Some cases are extremely complex and require extra time to ensure they receive detailed consideration and examination to inform the decision.”

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