Donegal is the only county in the country to have an increase in planning applications for the last two years.
The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) illustrates the continued rise in planning applications across Donegal for the second consecutive year.
The National Housing Construction Index measures every submitted planning application and planning commencement across Ireland from January to February 2013. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2012.
One key finding in the research by Link2Plans is that the number of project applications has risen in County Donegal by 11% compared to the same period in 2012 with 16 project applications made this year.
Donegal is the only county in the country to have an increase in planning applications for the last two years. The latest figures show a marked increase in planning applications in ten other counties with Roscommon (65%), Leitrim (67%) and Monaghan (75%) showing the biggest rise.
Despite this positive news, Donegal planning commencements have fallen by 10%. However, according to Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, there are significant positive signals nationally from this report. “If these trends continue into 2013, we could expect to see numbers potentially rising in the first half of this year which is potentially very positive news for the sector as a whole.”
Nationally planning applications are down by 3% and commencement notices have fallen by 14%.