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Number of major planning decisions doubles in Belfast

12 Feb 2020

The number of major decisions made by Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee has doubled in the last year.

And the time taken to process these applications has more than halved from 78 weeks this time last year to 37 weeks on average.

Major and local applications processed have included over 1,100 homes, two warehouse buildings, sports pitches, public realm improvements, student accommodation, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities. 

Chair of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, Councillor Arder Carson said: “I’m very pleased indeed with the work of the Planning Committee over the last year. Our role is a crucial one, as we’re responsible for making decisions on significant, sometimes contentious applications – and our decisions support the ambitions of the city’s development plan, The Belfast Agenda. We remain focused on providing an excellent planning service and making the application process as smooth, yet robust as possible.”

Meanwhile, the average time taken to process local applications (including smaller scale housing and commercial developments) has also reduced from 15.2 weeks to 13.8 weeks. The average processing time for householder applications including extensions, loft conversions, garages and conservatories is 10.8 weeks.

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