Belfast Telegraph

NI building plans see 7% rise in year

By John Mulgrew

The number of buildings and developments being planned across Northern Ireland has increased by 7%, according to fresh figures.

The latest official planning statistics show there were 3,249 applications received during July to September 2017.

While that was down on the previous quarter, it represents a 7% rise on the same period a year earlier.

During the second quarter of 2017/18, 3,101 planning applications were decided, a decrease of over 6% when compared to the previous quarter, and a drop of over 7% when compared to the same period a year earlier.

And while the average processing times are still considerably behind the 30-week target, major applications during the first six months of 2017/18 were dealt with in an average of 55 weeks across all councils. That's a 15-week improvement on the first six months of last year.

Belfast had the highest number of applications during the quarter, with 511.

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