Donegal new builds down 16 per cent

the number of new residential and commercial units built in Donegal last year was down 16 per cent from the previous year.

the number of new residential and commercial units built in Donegal last year was down 16 per cent from the previous year.

Figures released today by GeoDirectory show that a total of 1,149 new buildings went up in the county in 2011.

This represents a year-on-year decrease of 16% compared to 2010 when 1,367 new buildings were recorded in the county.

Of the 1,149 new buildings recorded by GeoDirectory in Donegal, 1,004 were residential buildings, 126 were commercial buildings, and 19 were dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial space.

These new additions bring the total number of buildings in Donegal to 87,301.

Across the country, GeoDirectory recorded 12,237 new buildings, composed of 10,284 residential buildings, 1,661 commercial buildings, and 292 dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial components. The new additions in 2011 bring the total number of buildings in the Republic of Ireland to 1,885,785.

The decrease in new building additions in Donegal of 16% compared to 2010 is a smaller decrease than the 30% drop recorded nationally.

Sligo, where 217 new buildings were identified, showed the largest decrease in new building additions, with a 63% drop compared to 2010.

Several counties (Cavan, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and Waterford) bucked the national trend showing small increases in new building additions compared to 2010. The average increase recorded across these counties was 12%, with the largest increase of 34% being recorded in Kildare, where 483 new buildings were identified.

While showing a year-on-year decrease of 40% in new building additions, Cork City and County still recorded the largest number of additions for 2011, with 1,543 new buildings identified. In contrast, Leitrim, showing a year-on-year decrease of 53% in new additions, recorded the smallest increase with 154 new buildings identified.

Commenting on the new figures, GeoDirectory General Manager, Dara Keogh said:

“While figures for the first six months of 2011 showed a return to growth in eleven counties, only five of these sustained this growth through to the end of the year. The overall national picture continues to show a year-on-year decline in building additions.

This downward trend follows a peak in 2007 when 96,000 buildings were added to the GeoDirectory database. Since then, the number of additions to the database has continued to fall resulting in a drop of 87% in new building additions over the last five years.”

GeoDirectory was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) to create and manage Ireland’s only complete database of commercial and residential buildings. The figures were recorded by 5,600 An Post delivery staff working with experts from OSi.