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Planning Applications

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) residential, (b) commercial and (c) industrial planning applications were (i) received and (ii) decided by the planning service in Northern Ireland in (A) 2004-05 and (B) 2005-06. (76458)

The number of (a) residential, (b) commercial and (c) industrial planning applications that were (i) received and (ii) decided by the Planning Service in Northern Ireland in (A) 2004-05 and (B) 2005-06 are in the following table.

Valid applications receivedDecisions issued

Category

2004-05

2005-06

2004-05

2005-06

Commercial

2,892

2,947

2,407

2,579

Industrial

1,354

1,356

987

1,312

Residential

29,132

28,798

22,043

24,583

Total

33,378

33,101

25,437

28,474

Note:

There is no direct correlation between the number of planning applications received and the number of decisions issued

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of residential planning applications in Northern Ireland was processed to decision or withdrawal within 14 weeks in the last period for which figures are available. (76496)

In the fiscal year 2005-06 the proportion of residential applications processed by the planning service within 14 weeks to decision or withdrawal was 29.77 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of planning applications in Northern Ireland was processed to decision or withdrawal within 15 weeks in the last period for which figures are available. (76497)

In the fiscal year 2005-06 the proportion of applications processed by the planning service within 15 weeks to decision or withdrawal was 33.11 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what average time was taken by the planning service to process planning applications in the most recent period for which figures are available. (76498)

In the fiscal year 2005-06 the average time to process planning applications by the planning service was 31.04 weeks.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the conclusions were of the planning service’s 2005-06 Customer Satisfaction Survey. (76503)

The 2005-06 customer survey of applicants/agents has just recently been completed and results are currently being analysed. I will write to the hon. Member to advise him of the results when they become available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of industrial applications were processed by the planning service to decision or withdrawal within 17 weeks in the last period for which figures are available. (76504)

In the fiscal year 2005-06 the proportion of industrial applications processed by the planning service within 17 weeks to decision or withdrawal was 40.01 per cent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of commercial applications were processed by the planning service to decision or withdrawal within 18 weeks in the last period for which figures are available. (76505)

In the fiscal year 2005-06 the proportion of commercial applications processed by the planning service within 18 weeks to decision or withdrawal was 42.65 per cent.