Kilkenny has largest drop in construction activity

KILKENNY has the highest drop in planning applications according to a new national index indicating a significant decrease in construction activity in the county.

KILKENNY has the highest drop in planning applications according to a new national index indicating a significant decrease in construction activity in the county.

Link2Plans’ National Housing Construction Index has shown huge variations nationally in housing construction activity and that housing extensions now make up the majority of active projects.

Produced by a team of researchers at www.link2plans.com the new National Housing Construction Index relates to all planning applications and planning commencements throughout the months of January and February 2012 and gives a direct comparison with the same period in 2011.

In January and February 2011 59 planning applications were submitted in Kilkenny. In the same period this year just 25 applications were submitted constituting a drop of 58%. There has also been a drop of 5% in the number of commencement notices issued in Kilkenny.

Link2Plans will produce this index bi-monthly and will give a real time barometer to sentiment (planning applications) and to activity (housing commencements) in housing construction including residential developments (multiple units), one-off housing (self-build) and one-off housing extensions.