These statistics provide relevant and trusted information on planning activity in Northern Ireland (NI), with a good overview of the main trends. They enable users to better understand the planning activity performance of NI councils against statutory targets.

In requesting this assessment, the statistics team at the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is demonstrating its commitment to produce planning statistics that meet the standards required of National Statistics and the Code of Practice for Statistics. We have identified four actions for DfI to address in order to enhance the public value, quality and trustworthiness of the NI planning statistics and to achieve National Statistics status. These are described in chapters one to three of this report.

Once the statistics team demonstrates that these steps have been undertaken OSR will recommend that the Statistics Authority designate the statistics as National Statistics.

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