CSO- Dwelling units approved down 16.6% in one year


Recent figures released by the Central Statics Office (CSO) on 25th September for residential planning applications note planning permissions for dwellings are down 16.6% on 2013 levels, an historic low point in housing activity. These recent figures are very worrying and point to a fall in residential output, contrary to recent media commentary. When viewed with depressed commencement levels and increased costs associated with BC(A)R SI.9, and lower residential output levels previously issued by the CSO for the same period, these figures must be alarming for policymakers.

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Residential construction down in 2014 Q1+ Q2: (CSO statistics)

CSO statistical release, 25 September 2014, 11am

Planning Permissions  Quarter 2 2014

TABLE 1.pdf [Converted]

Dwelling units approved down 16.6% in year

In the second quarter of 2014, planning permissions were granted for 1,606 dwelling units, compared with 1,926 units for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 16.6%.

The second quarter figures also show that:

  • TABLE 2.pdf [Converted]Planning permissions were granted for 1,492 houses in the second quarter of 2014 and 1,496 in the second quarter of 2013, a decrease of 0.3%. See Table 4.
  • Planning permissions were granted for 114 apartment units, compared with 430 units for the same period in 2013, a decrease of 73.5%. See Table 4.
  • One-off houses accounted for 46.8% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission this quarter. See Table 4.
  • The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 4,149. This compares with 3,368 in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 23.2%. See Table 1.
  • Total floor area planned was 712 thousand square meters in the second quarter of 2014.  Of this, 41.6% was for new dwellings, 34.0% for other new construction and 24.4% for extensions.  The total floor area planned decreased by 14.6% in comparison with the same quarter in 2013. See Table 1.
  • Planning permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 137 this quarter.  This compares to 153 permissions in the same quarter of 2013. See Table 3(a).

TABLE 3.pdf [Converted]

 Show Table 1 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted, Q1 2005 – Q2 2014

 Show Table 2 Summary of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2014, classified by region, county and type of development

 Show Table 3a Number of Planning Permissions granted, Q2 2014, classified by region, type of development and functional category

 Show Table 3b Total Floor Area Planned (000 sq.m) in new construction and extensions, Q2 2014, classified by region and functional category

 Show Table 4 Summary of Planning Permissions Granted for new houses and apartments, Q1 2009 – Q2 2014

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Karl Whelan: “…raft of cost-increasing building regs are at least partly responsible”

FAO Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht- commencement figures

Construction Recovery- watch this space

‘Recovery’ is Still Worse than the 1980s Crisis

CSO: (Q1 2014) planning permissions for dwellings -30% drop

Minister Hogan rejects Irish Times Article

Irish Times: Dramatic fall in number of buildings being started

1 thought on “CSO- Dwelling units approved down 16.6% in one year

  1. Paul Lee, Dip. Arch., B. Arch. Sc. (Architect & Non-Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland)

    Why worry about it? Get rid of the government. They (along with our willingness to go along with their charade) are the problem. In fact, get rid of party politics which is a disaster for our country. Rescind the idiotic laws and bank bailouts that we supposedly have signed up to (I certainly haven’t) Disband the professional institutes and form new ones outside of party lines.

    Otherwise expect more of the same…. Oh, and stop complaining.


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