Offaly records biggest percentage drop in planning applications

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Offaly has recorded the biggest percentage drop in planning applications in the country in the first quarter of the year in comparison with the same period in 2102.

Offaly has recorded the biggest percentage drop in planning applications in the country in the first quarter of the year in comparison with the same period in 2102.

That’s according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com).

The figures show that Offaly suffered another 48% drop in applications in the first quarter of 2013 with just 14 applications received compared to 27 for the same period in 2012. After Offaly Limerick (39%), Wexford (36%), Laois (32%) and Carlow (32%) recorded the sharpest falls.

At the other end of the spectrum, 11 counties showed an increase in applications with Roscommon (65%), Leitrim (67%) and Monaghan (75%) showing the biggest rise.

Offaly fared better in terms of commencements in the first quarter however there was still a reduction of 15% from 13 in 2012 to 11 for 2013.

The National Housing Construction Index measures every submitted Planning Application and Planning Commencement. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2012.

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. While the adverse weather conditions during the period of January to February 2013 may explain why there was a fall in commencements, this does not explain the huge reduction in planning applications made during this period.

“However on a national level there are positive signs of recovery. While the last index reported a growing number of planning applications in one county only (Donegal), the latest figures show a marked increase in eleven countries with Roscommon (65%), Leitrim (67%) and Monaghan (75%) showing the biggest rise.

“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.”