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18/12/2017

Year-on-year rise for planning applications submitted in NI

Words: Laura Edgar
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There were 3,249 planning applications submitted in the second quarter of 2017/18 – almost a 7 per cent increase on the same period a year earlier, according to a statistical release from the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

This represents a 2 per cent decrease on the first quarter in 2017/18, and comprises 3,212 local development and 37 major development applications.

Belfast (511), Newry, Mourne and Down (411) and Mid Ulster (371) received the highest number of local planning applications from July to September 2017.

There were 3,101 planning applications decided – a fall of 6 per cent compared with the previous quarter, and 7 per cent down on the same period in 2016/17.

It took councils on average 16 weeks to process local applications to decisions or withdrawal in the first six months of 2017/18, similar to the previous year, with five of the 11 councils within the 15-week target. Mid and East Antrim had an average processing time of 10 weeks – the shortest, while the longest was nearly 23 weeks in Lisburn and Castlereagh.

According to the statistics, the average processing time for major applications for the first six months of 2017/18 was 55 weeks across all councils, an improvement of 15 weeks when compared with the first six months of 2016/17. Although an improvement, this is 25 weeks longer than the statutory target of 30 weeks.

Northern Ireland Planning Statistics Second Quarter 2017/18 can be found on the Department for Infrastructure website.

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