Northern Ireland planning decision times improve but miss targets
The speed at which planning applications are being decided has significantly improved but remains almost double the target time, new figures have shown.
The latest Northern Ireland Planning Statistics for the first quarter of the financial year shows there were 3,337 planning applications received during April to June 2017, similar to the previous quarter, but down by 3% on the same period a year earlier.
The applications were made up of 3,297 local, 39 major and one regionally significant development application.
The average processing time for major applications during Q1 was 56 weeks across all councils, which is an improvement of almost 10 weeks from the 65 weeks reported for the first quarter last year. But it's more than 25 weeks longer than the processing time target of 30 weeks.
During the first quarter of 2017/18, 3,301 planning applications were decided, an increase of nearly 2% over the quarter.