MARKED HOUSE CONSTRUCTION DECLINE IN CO MONAGHAN

10 August 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan has been identified as the worst performing county in the country in the latest National Housing Construction Index.
Planning applications and commencement notices for housing construction in Monaghan have undergone a dramatic fall according to the survey.
But it also shows that, when the volume of construction projects in relation to population is considered, Monaghan, along with fellow Ulster counties Donegal and Cavan, have three times more construction activity than Dublin.
The National Housing Construction Index is compiled and issued by Link2Plans and its detail can be viewed on the website www.link2plans.com
The new index shows a dramatic decrease in the county in the number of commencement notices (which are filed just before building commences on a new project). It also indicates that Monaghan is still in line with national trends where the decrease in the number of planning applications submitted to local authorities is concerned.
The study is based on an examination of every housing construction planning application and planning commencement notice made in the first six months of 2012. The index gives a direct comparison with the same period in 2011, and for the first time includes an all-island analysis of planning applications.
The research shows that from January-June this year, 107 planning applications were submitted in Co Monaghan, compared to 128 in 2011 – a 16% drop.
“The same period also saw a significant decrease in the number of commencement notices issued in Monaghan from 52 to 32, a percentage decrease of 38%, leaving the county as the worst performing county in the index,” a statement from Link2Plans pointed out. “These figures mirror a national decreasing trend in construction.”
However, the index finds that an analysis of planning activity per head of population discloses significant regional variations.
According to Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, “The index is very interesting when we look at it on an all-island basis, as we see the real regional variations.
“There is still a huge number of housing construction projects taking place, albeit those projects are on average smaller than in previous years. Across the island of Ireland, for the first six months of 2012, we have seen 10,287 individual residential projects apply for planning permission.”
Mr O’Shea described as “dramatic” the findings of the team of researchers who examined the volume of construction projects in relation to the population of each area.
“For example, the three Ulster counties of Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan combined have three times more construction activity, per head of population, than Dublin.
“Munster, Connacht and Northern Ireland have in the region of twice the activity per head of population than Dublin. The message coming loud and clear from this analysis is that there are thousands of live housing construction projects – however, they are more regionally spread out, rather than being in large concentrations in the Dublin and greater Dublin areas.”

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