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Construction activity continues to drop in Mayo

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Construction Index shows activity continues to drop in Mayo


The latest National Housing Construction Index complied and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown Planning Applications and Commencement Notices continue to decrease in Mayo.
Researchers at www.link2plans.com have produced the National Housing Construction Index which examines every housing construction Planning Applications and Planning Commencements throughout the months of January through to June 2012. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2011. For the first time in this series, the Index also includes an all island analysis of planning applications.
The research shows that from January to June 2012, 177 planning applications were submitted in Mayo. This compared to 257 in 2011 resulting in a significant drop of 31 per cent. This was one of the largest decreases across the country. The same period also saw a decrease in the number of Commencement Notices issued in Mayo 82 to 77, a percentage decrease of 6 per cent. These figures mirror a national decreasing trend in construction.
This volume examines the number of planning permission applications for residential projects from January to June, showing a significant variation regionally when looking at planning applications activity per head of population.
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 a 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 6 months of 2012, we have seen 10,287 individual residential projects apply for planning permission. 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 the large concentration in Dublin and the Greater Dublin area.”