House starts down in Tipperary

The latest National Housing Construction Index complied and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown a dramatic decrease in the number of Commencement Notices in Tipperary. The county is also still in line with national trends with a decrease in the number of Planning Applications.

The latest National Housing Construction Index complied and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown a dramatic decrease in the number of Commencement Notices in Tipperary. The county is also still in line with national trends with a decrease in the number of Planning Applications.

Researchers at www.link2plans.com have produced the National Housing Construction Index which examines every housing construction Planning Applications and Planning Commencements throughout the months of January through to June 2012. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2011. For the first time in this series, the Index also includes an all island analysis of planning applications.

The research shows that from January to June 2012, 276 planning applications were submitted in Tipperary. This compared to 359 in 2011 resulting in a drop of 23%. The same period also saw a significant decrease in the number of Commencement Notices issued in Tipperary from 145 to 103, a percentage decrease of 29%, leaving the county as one of the worst performing counties in the Index.

This Volume examines the number of planning permission applications for residential projects from January to June, showing a significant variation regionally when looking at planning applications activity per head of population.

According to Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, “the index is very interesting when we look at it on an all Island basis, as we see the real regional variations. There is a still a huge number of housing construction projects taking place, albeit those projects are on average smaller than in previous years. Across the island of Ireland, for the first 6 months of 2012, we have seen 10,287 individual residential projects apply for planning permission.”

“Our team of researchers at Link2Plans has examined the volume of construction projects in relation to the population of each area. The results are dramatic. For example, the three Ulster counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan combined, have three times more construction activity, per head of population, than Dublin. Munster, Connaught and Northern Ireland have in the region twice the activity per head of population than Dublin. The message coming loud and clear from this analysis, is that there are thousands of live housing construction projects, however they are more regionally spread out, rather than the large concentration in Dublin and the Greater Dublin area.”