- monitor the course of housing development in settlements with regard to the Regional Development Strategy (RDS);
- monitor progress of housing development in settlements in accordance with the provisions of prevailing Development Plans;
- inform the preparation of Development Plans with regard to the allocation of land for housing; and,
- provide information on the available potential for further housing development in settlements.
The former Department of the Environment (DOE) produced a number of summary reports from 2004 to 2013 showing housing land availability across Northern Ireland together with the extent of housing development for settlements, as designated in the Departmental Development Plans.