An Bord Pleanála to stamp down planning delays by ‘middle of this year’

Despite ‘huge’ state resourcing, the planning authority has been slow in clearing backlog due to a surge in complex decisions

An Bord Pleanála said that he expects the bulk of planning cases to be decided on “around the middle of the year”. Picture: Maura Hickey

The bulk of planning applications will be processed within the 18 week deadline by the second half of this year, the chair of An Bord Pleanála has said, as the body moves to clearly a seismic backlog of undecided cases.

Peter Mullan, the chair of the planning authority, said the body will resume making decisions on 80 per cent of cases within the legally-mandated time frame over the summer.

Over the past two years, the government has made a series of changes at An Bord Pleanála to speed up decision making on planning applications, which included boosting the number of decision makers on its board.