An Bord Pleanála’s recent Annual Report indicates that the compliance rate for 2018 (to end August) to decide appeal cases within the statutory objective period is 35%. This is almost half the 2017 rate (67%) and represents a worryingly downward trend, affecting timely decisions not just on normal appeals, but also on applications for Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID). On the plus side, timely decisions are being issued on applications for Strategic Housing Development (SHD).