Planning permission slumps 35.7pc in second quarter

Business and Leadership Ltd.

The amount of planning permission granted for new dwellings slumped 35.7pc during the second quarter of 2009 compared the same quarter in 2008, figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have shown, giving some indication of the current difficulties facing the construction industry. According to the CSO figures, planning permissions were granted for 12,831 dwellings in Q2 2009, compared to permission for 19,942 dwellings granted in Q2 2008. The amount of planning permission granted for houses fell 38.6pc in the quarter to 7,739 houses, while the amount for apartment units fell 30.7pc to 5,092 units. The CSO figures showed that one-off houses accounted for 17.4pc of all new dwelling units…

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