The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) shows that Donegal has had a significant decrease in planning applications as well a sharp fall in commencements compared to the national average.
The team of researchers at www.link2plans.com have examined every housing construction planning application and planning commencement from January to April 2013, in the production of the National Housing Construction Index. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2012.
Donegal has experienced a significant drop in commencements after falling 15% in January to April 2013 compared to the same period last year.
Donegal planning commencements fell from 80 in January to April 2012 to 68 in the same period in 2013. Furthermore, planning applications made in Donegal also decreased by 5%, from 398 in January to April 2012 to 378 in the same period in 2013. Other counties that performed badly in the planning applications index are Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Limerick and Kerry recording a fall of applications by 33%, 33%,30%,27% and 26% consecutively.
Despite the sharp fall in the commencements in Donegal, the outlook is not as negative as the index initially indicates. The fall of commencements was certainly influenced to some degree by the exceptionally unpredictable wet and cold weather experienced across Ireland for the last few months. Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea also believes that the decrease in planning applications made is also a significant factor as to why commencements have dropped. However, overall with favourable weather conditions, the number of building works could indeed rise over the coming months.