Planning application increases but construction activity drops

The number of planning applications made in Donegal has seen a small increase over the past 12 months, but the number of building commencements in the county has dropped significantly.

The number of planning applications made in Donegal has seen a small increase over the past 12 months, but the number of building commencements in the county has dropped significantly.

New figures from the National Housing Construction Index show a two per cent increase in the number of planning applications in the first 12 months of this year, compared to the same period in 2011.

But Donegal has seen the biggest fall in commencement notices of any county in the country, with building figures were down by 35 per cent.

Nationally, the number of planning applications has dropped by 20 per cent, while the number of commencements has declined by 13 per cent.

Only Donegal, Longford and Leitrim saw increases in the number of planning applications. The number of applications in the county increased by eight to 351. Longford saw an increase of three per cent while, in Leitrim the rise was by four per cent. The largest falls were in Kildare and Kerry, with planning applications dropping by 30 per cent.

Donegal is now the worst performing county in the country for building commencements along with Monaghan, where the figure dropped by 34 per cent, and Galway, where the numbers were down by 31 per cent.

Eight counties saw an increase in commencements, with Longford seeing the biggest rise at 56 per cent. There were also increases in Waterford, Westmeath, Cavan, Leitrim, Mayo, Offaly and Sligo.