‘Donegal the only county to see rise in planning applications’ - National Housing Construction Index

Donegal is the only county to see a rise in planning applications, according to the fifth National Housing Construction Index. The research was compiled by Link2Plans, based on the National Housing Construction Index, which measures every submitted planning application and planning commencement.

Donegal is the only county to see a rise in planning applications, according to the fifth National Housing Construction Index. The research was compiled by Link2Plans, based on the National Housing Construction Index, which measures every submitted planning application and planning commencement.

The research shows that, between January and October of this year, Donegal was the only county to experience an increase in planning applications submitted.

The previous index, two months, had Donegal performing strongly with an increase in 18%. This has slipped marginally by 1% to 17%, however there is no doubt that Donegal is the only county to be experiencing this surge in planning activity. Once again these figures rank Donegal at the top of the table for the best performing counties in the Link2Plans index. On the downside however there was a very large decrease (27%) in the number of commencement notices issued in Donegal over the same period.

Nationally there has been a fall of 9% in planning commencements and an 18% fall in planning applications. This gives an interesting context for the performance of Donegal over the last number of months.

Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea commented:” The National Housing Construction Index is clearly showing that although housing construction activity levels are lower than in 2011, there is a definite slowdown in the rate of decline in this area of construction. We started to notice this trend over the summer months and it has continued up to the end of October.”