There has been a significant drop-off in the number of planning applications made in Donegal.
Planning applications are down to -2% on last year’s +17% according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index.
The number of planning commencements have seen an improvement and are up from -27% in 2012 to -9% in 2013, according to the figures which are compiled and issued by Link2Plans. Applications made in Donegal decreased from 997 in January to October 2012, to 982 in the same period in 2013. This is compared to a increase of +17% in 2012.
Project commencements in Donegal are however on the up, going from -27% in 2012 to -9% in 2013. Commencement increases were seen in only six counties, with Roscommon performing the best at a 52% increase in the number of commencements compared to the same period for 2012.
Nationally the National Housing Construction Index reveals there is a decrease in planning applications (-5%) but project commencements were down even further (-7%) since last year. Counties which showed a ma)jor shift in performance since last year are: Leitrim, which went from -1% in 2012 to -40% in 2013, Sligo, which went from -5% in 2012 to -24% in 2013 and Roscommon which went from -11% in 2012 to -18% in 2013.
Kildare had the most positive reversal in performance since last year, going from -35% in 2012 to +11% in 2013. Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, said the decline in the number of planning applications being made in Donegal in 2013 is huge in contrast to the 2012 figure but the fluctuation may be explained by economic uncertainty.