Housing applications fall

Housing construction activity in Kilkenny has continued to plummet in recent months, and we are now the fourth-worst county in Ireland in terms of a percentage decline in planning applications.

Housing construction activity in Kilkenny has continued to plummet in recent months, and we are now the fourth-worst county in Ireland in terms of a percentage decline in planning applications.

The latest data from the National Housing Construction Index shows the overall number of Kilkenny applications was down by 31% on the figure for the same period last year. The 2011 index showed an 8% drop in applications submitted.

However, planning commencements in the county have remained at 1% – the same decrease recorded in the last index in October.

The fifth National Housing Construction Index, compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com), has shown a continued drop in housing construction activity throughout the country.

Nationally, there has been a further fall of 9% in planning commencements and an 18% fall in planning applications.

Every planning permission application in Kilkenny and throughout the country is examined by the Link2Plans team, and the index researchers now say a trend is beginning to be seen.

“The National Housing Construction Index is clearly showing that although housing construction activity levels are lower than in 2011, there is a definite slowdown in the rate of decline in this area of construction,” said Danny O’Shea, managing director of Link2Plans.