295 new buildings in Co. Wicklow
A YEAR-ON-YEAR DECREASE
A TOTAL of 295 new residential and commercial buildings were recorded in Wicklow in 2012 according to new figures released by GeoDirectory.
The figures represent a year on year decrease of 2 per cent compared to 2011, when 301 new buildings were added in the county.
The new buildings identified in Wicklow were composed of 278 residential buildings, 10 commercial buildings and seven were dual-purpose buildings with both residential and commercial elements.
These new additions bring the total number of buildings in the county to 52,840.
In the region of 21 which represents seven per cent of this new commercial and residential are now vacant and 30 more were under construction at the end of the year.
The decrease in new building additions in Wicklow in 2012 of 2% is in contrast to the 2% increase recorded nationally.
GeoDirectory was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) to create and manage Ireland's only complete database of commercial and residential buildings.
The figures are recorded through a combination of the An Post network of 5,600 delivery staff working with OSi.
Commenting on the figures, Dara Keogh, CEO, GeoDirectory said, ' The end of year figures for 2012 highlight a small increase in building activity. The figures for 2012 and 2011 indicate a bottoming out of the downward curve, and a levelling off of the decrease in building activity. This positive trend is supported by growth in new additions across fourteen counties, with Cork City and County recording the largest number of new buildings.'