Residential Planning Applications

Ady Whelan made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Ards and North Down Borough Council

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Ards and North Down Borough Council,

Please can you tell me in regard to planning applications for private dwellings (not major developments):

1. How many planning applications the council has received since 1st January 2020?
2. Of those, how many have had a decision made on them?
3. How many are still pending a decision?
4. Where a decision was made, what was the average length of time taken to make the decision?
5. How many planning applications since 1st January 2020 had a decision made within the 15 week timeframe set out in the November 2020 'Guide to the Planning Application Process'?
6. What actions have ANDBC taken to ensure that planning applications are decided upon within the 15 week timescale?

Yours faithfully,

Ady Whelan

FOI, Ards and North Down Borough Council

Dear Mr Whelan,

Thank you for your email of 6 March 2022 to Ards and North Down Borough Council, received on 7 March.

We confirm your request regarding residential planning applications since 1 January 2020 will be processed as a request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. Accordingly, you will receive the information you have requested within 20 working days of the date of receipt of your request by the Council unless the Council does not hold the information or there is a reason to withhold all or part of the information requested. Council will write to you in any event.

For further information in relation to the Environmental Information Regulations we would refer you to the Information Commissioner's Office website, www.ico.org.uk

If you wish to discuss the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

FOI Team
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Town Hall
The Castle
Bangor
BT20 4BT

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FOI,

Please can you provide an update to my request which was submitted on 6th March 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Ady Whelan

FOI, Ards and North Down Borough Council

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Whelan,

 

We refer to the above and write further to our acknowledgement email of
8^th March 2022.

 

Your request for information has been processed by Ards and North Down
Borough Council in accordance with the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 and please see the Council’s response below.

 

Please can you tell me in regard to planning applications for private
dwellings (not major developments):

 

1. How many planning applications the council has received since 1st
January 2020?

Please see attached spreadsheets (‘Question 2’ and ‘Question 3’). The
total number of applications on those two spreadsheets relate to those
applications where the proposal relates to new single or multiple private
dwellings (up to a maximum of 49 homes).

 

Please note that the residential Planning Application statistics collated
by the Council and published by the Northern Ireland Department of
Infrastructure relate to all residential applications, including domestic
extensions to existing homes, as well as new houses. Those Planning
Statistics can be viewed via the following weblink:

 

[1]https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/art...

 

2. Of those, how many have had a decision made on them?

The attached spreadsheet (‘Question 2’) contains all such residential
planning applications determined within this time period – 354.

 

3. How many are still pending a decision?

The attached spreadsheet (‘Question 3’) contains all such applications
which are not yet determined but which have passed the target 15 week date
for a decision to have issued – 223.

 

4. Where a decision was made, what was the average length of time taken to
make the decision? The Planning Statistics collated by the Council and
published by the Department for Infrastructure include all domestic
extensions to existing homes as well as new houses. However, the average
time taken to determine the planning applications for private dwellings
contained within spreadsheet ‘Question 2’ was 26 weeks.

 

5. How many planning applications since 1st January 2020 had a decision
made within the 15 week timeframe set out in the November 2020 'Guide to
the Planning Application Process'? 135 planning applications for private
dwellings contained within spreadsheet ‘Question 2’ had a decision made
within the 15 week timeframe.

 

6. What actions have ANDBC taken to ensure that planning applications are
decided upon within the 15 week timescale?

A request for a view, opinion or explanation is not a valid Environmental
Information Regulation request unless that view, opinion or explanation
was already recorded by Council on the date the request was received. On
that basis, for the purposes of responding to this question under the
Environmental Information Regulations, the Council does not hold any
recorded information.

However, the Council’s Planning service has advised that the timely
processing of applications is dependent not only upon the quality of the
submission initially received by the Council’s Planning Service but by the
length of time taken by statutory bodies to respond as consultees.
Planning Service continually collates and monitors the length of time
taken on average to reach a decision on applications, and senior planners
will assess the section and individual officer’s caseloads to determine
how to process applications most efficiently. Regular group meetings are
held between case officers and their senior planners to address any issues
which may be slowing down the determination of applications.

 

Should you require clarification on any part of this response, please do
not hesitate to contact us.

 

We trust this is of assistance. However, should you be unhappy with the
response you may request an Internal Review by contacting
[2][Ards and North Down Borough Council request email]. Please note that requests for Internal
Reviews must be submitted within two months from the date of this
response. Further information on the Internal Review process is available
on the Council’s website.  In the event you are unhappy with the outcome
of any Internal Review conducted by Council you may apply to the
Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our response.
Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to be
completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies.

 

Regards,

 

FOI Team

Ards and North Down Borough Council

Town Hall

The Castle

Bangor

BT20 4BT

Tel: 0300 013 3333

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