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Pandemic leading to longer delays in NI planning decisions

Investment fears as major applications now take over 61 weeks to process

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The bulletin showed that there were 12,833 planning applications received in 2020/21, up 5% on the year before. Photo: Igor Stevanovic

The bulletin showed that there were 12,833 planning applications received in 2020/21, up 5% on the year before. Photo: Igor Stevanovic

The bulletin showed that there were 12,833 planning applications received in 2020/21, up 5% on the year before. Photo: Igor Stevanovic

Councils in Northern Ireland were taking almost nine weeks longer in the pandemic than before to process major planning applications, according to a report.

Deciding on big projects took councils an average of 61.4 weeks during 2020/21, up 8.6 weeks on the year before, the annual planning statistics bulletin said.


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