Donegal only county to see rise in planning applications

The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown that Donegal continues to buck the national trend in planning applications. However, Donegal was one of the worst performing counties in project commencements.

The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown that Donegal continues to buck the national trend in planning applications. However, Donegal was one of the worst performing counties in project commencements.

The team of researchers at www.link2plans.com have examined every housing construction planning application and planning commencement from January through to December 2012, in the production of the National Housing Construction Index. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2011.

The Index shows that once again Donegal was the only county from January to December 2012 to experience an increase in planning applications submitted. However, Donegal continued to show a decrease in project commencements. The last volume of this Index showed a large decrease in Donegal’s commencement notices of 27%. This Index shows the same decrease of 27%, ranking it third worst county in this report.

According to Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, “this volume of the National Construction Index shows that there has been a slow down in the rate of decline in planning applications and commencements. This is a trend that we saw in previous volumes of our Index. Looking back at the whole of 2012, the numbers show that while commencements are down 8%, six counties all saw an increase with Westmeath, Mayo, Sligo, Cork, Wicklow and Kilkenny all seeing commencements up on 2011.

“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 17% and commencement notices have fallen by 8%.