295 new build­ings in Co. Wicklow

A YEAR-ON-YEAR DE­CREASE

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

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.'

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