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21/12/2020

Northern Ireland planning stats published

Words: Laura Edgar
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A total of 3,288 planning applications were submitted to councils in Northern Ireland in the second quarter of 2020/2021.

This is an increase of 42 per cent on the previous quarter and up 12 per cent on the previous quarter a year earlier.

The statistics have been published by the Northern Ireland Executive.

It warns that owing to Covid-19 restrictions, caution should be taken when interpreting the figures and when making comparisons with other time periods.

Of the 3,288 planning applications received, 3,255 were local and 33 major applications.

Councils decided 2,410 planning applications during quarter two, an increase of one-third from the previous quarter. However, it is down by almost one-quarter compared with the same period a year earlier. This breaks down to 2,375 local and 35 major applications.

The average processing time for local applications that were either decided or withdrawn during the first six months of 2020/21 was 18.4 weeks across all councils. This is just over three weeks longer than the 15-week target and is an increase of 4.6 weeks from the same period a year earlier.

However, three of the 11 councils were within the 15 week target.

Regarding major applications that were decided upon or withdrawn, the average processing time was 70.2 weeks across all councils during the first six months of the year. This is an increase of 12.8 weeks compared with the same period in 2019. The figure is more than double the 30-week target.

Of enforcement cases across all councils, 68.9 per cent were concluded within 39 weeks during the first six months of 2020/2021. This is just outside the statutory target of 70 per cent and it is a decrease from the rate reported for the same period in 2019/2020 - 82.5 per cent.

Seven of the 11 councils were within the 39-week target.

The statistical release can be found on the Northern Ireland Executive website.

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