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Northern Ireland shows modest rise in residential applications

Words: Huw Morris
A house in Northern Ireland

The number of planning applications for residential development in Northern Ireland has seen a modest rise, according to government statistics.

A total of 1,568 residential applications were submitted in the third quarter of 2013/14 compared to 1,499 for the same period last year - a rise of 5 per cent.
The Northern Ireland Executive said this represents the first quarterly increase in this type of application since early 2009/10. The rise in residential development was concentrated in rural rather than urban areas, which continued to decline.
The total number of planning applications - both residential and non-residential - in the quarter, at 2,893, was just one application above the number received the same time last year.
The number of Department of Environment planning decisions issued during the third quarter fell by 13 per cent from 3,273 last year to 2,862 - the second lowest in a quarter for six years.
But average processing times were all one week shorter for major intermediate and minor applications for the third quarter of 2013/14 compared to the same quarter last year.