Report on the volume of planning applications received and decisions issued in 2021/22. This is the seventh annual statistical bulletin to report on activity and performance since the transfer of planning powers to councils in April 2015. The accompanying Excel tables contain the information underlying the charts and graphs featured in the bulletin as well as further analyses and breakdowns.
Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Planning activity and processing performance during the last two years were impacted by the restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, during January and February of 2022 the Northern Ireland Planning Portal was inaccessible for a period of time. These factors should be borne in mind and caution taken when interpreting these figures and when making comparisons with other time periods.