In­crease in plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions

Bray People - - NEWS -

PLAN­NING ap­pli­ca­tions and con­struc­tion projects are on the up in Co. Wick­low.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the Na­tional Hous­ing Con­struc­tion In­dex, a to­tal of 60 projects com­menced in the first two months of this year com­pared with just 17 in the same pe­riod last year.

In 2011 and 2012, just 18 and 16 projects started in the same pe­riod re­spec­tively. This in­di­cates an in­creae of 253 per cent which is well over the na­tional aver­age in­crease of 192 per cent. Re­gard­ing plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions, a to­tal of 78 were sub­mit­ted in the first two months of this year, an in­creae of 29 or 59 per cent on the same pe­riod of 2013.

A to­tal na­tional in­crease of 21 per cent in the level of plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions made was recorded. Wick­low fared well com­pared with neigh­bour­ing coun­ties Dublin and Wex­ford which showed in­creases of 57 per cent and 23 per cent re­spec­tively for plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

In terms of com­mence­ments of projects, Wex­ford was rel­a­tively sim­i­lar in progress to Wick­low with an in­crease of 250 per cent or 60 new projects while Dublin saw 131 new projects which in­di­cated an in­crease of 73 per cent.

Ac­cord­ing to Danny O’Shea, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Link2Plans which gath­ered the in­for­ma­tion for the sur­vey, var­i­ous fac­tors are re­spon­si­ble for the Wick­low re­sults.

‘ Three key fac­tors have all aligned to cre­ate this huge in­crease. The first be­ing a pent up de­mand in the sec­tor, the sec­ond be­ing in­creased con­fi­dence to start new res­i­den­tial projects, and thirdly the rush to lodge com­mence­ment notices be­fore the 1st March dead­line for the in­tro­duc­tion of the new build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

‘ What was re­garded as purely a reg­u­la­tory change ap­pears to have had a seis­mic im­pact on res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity, greater than any in­crease aris­ing from changes in last Oc­to­ber’s budget.’

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