The Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework 2021/22, has been published today

Date published: 15 December 2022

Planning statistics from the Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework for 2021/22 are now available.

Statistical press release

The data tables released include details of performance across the three statutory targets for major development applications, local development applications and enforcement cases alongside a suite of additional indicators that are intended to provide a more comprehensive assessment of planning activity. The data tables present the indicators for Northern Ireland, as well as relevant indicator data for each local planning authority.

The framework has been developed by the Department for Infrastructure in collaboration with local planning authorities, and has been informed by best practice in other jurisdictions.

The data tables are available on the Department for Infrastructure website.

Notes to editors: 

Background to Northern Ireland Planning Monitoring Framework 2021/22.

  1. This is the fourth annual release of statistical data in the series related to Development Management (Planning) functions. The Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 sets out the legislative framework for development management and provides that, from 1 April 2015, councils now largely have responsibility for this planning function.  This statistical release reports on activity in 2021/22 (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022).
  2. The current classification hierarchy for planning applications came into effect on 1 April 2014 in advance of the transfer of planning functions to local government from 1 April 2015. The development categories are – major and local development applications, processed primarily by councils, and regionally significant development applications, processed within the Department for Infrastructure.
  3. There are nine indicators within the framework, these include the existing three legislative performance targets related to the processing of local development decisions within an average of 15 weeks; major development decisions within an average of 30 weeks; and processing 70% of enforcement cases to target conclusion within 39 weeks. More details about the framework and all the indicators reported against can be found in the published data tables.
  4. Electronic copies of the data tables are available free of charge from the Department for Infrastructure website.

Official Statistics

This is an Official Statistics release and therefore follows the Code of Practice for Statistics.

Additional Information

For more information relating to this release, including additional analysis, breakdowns of data, or alternative formats please contact:

Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch,
Room 4.13c,
Clarence Court,
10 - 18 Adelaide Street,
Town Parks
BT2 8GB     
  1. ASRB advise customers to make contact through email or by telephone at this time.
  2. For media enquiries please contact the DfI Press Office 028 9054 0007.







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