Positive signs for construction sector in County Tipperary

The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) shows that Tipperary has the fourth highest increase in applications for 2013, with a rise of 8 per cent. However, commencements for the year showed a sharp decline, dropping by 11 per cent.

The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) shows that Tipperary has the fourth highest increase in applications for 2013, with a rise of 8 per cent. However, commencements for the year showed a sharp decline, dropping by 11 per cent.

The team of researchers at www.link2plans.com have examined every housing construction planning application and planning commencement from January to December 2013, in the production of the National Housing Construction Index. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2012.

Viewed on a nationwide basis, the National Housing Construction Index reveals there is a very slight decrease in planning applications (1 per cent) couple with a drop in project commencements (4 per cent) since last year.

Tipperary reports an increase in the number of planning applications being made. For this period planning applications are up 8 per cent. Applications made in Tipperary increased from 442 in January to December 2012, to 477 for the same period in 2013. Compared to a decrease of 24 per cent in applications last year, this is a significant improvement.

Other counties which showed a major shift in performance since last year are: Leitrim which went from zero per cent in 2012 to -37 per cent in 2013, Clare which went from -32 per cent in 2012 to -2 per cent in 2013 and Donegal which went from +20 per cent in 2012 to -10 per cent in 2013. Kildare had the most positive reversal in performance since last year, going from -34 per cent in 2012 to +11 per cent in 2013.

Project commencements in Tipperary are down by 11 per cent for the year. Commencement increases were seen in only eight counties, with Roscommon performing the best with a 45 per cent increase in the number of commencements compared to the same period for 2012. Nationally, last year commencements were down 8 per cent and with a 4 per cent decrease this year, so improvements can be seen.

According to the managing director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, “the National Housing Construction Index shows that the increase in planning applications is positive for Tipperary. The slight decline overall in the National Housing Construction Index for project applications and commencements was further evidence that the construction sector in Ireland is stabilising. Also of note is the introduction of the new Building Regulations which has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of planning commencements, in order to get started on projects before the more onerous building regulations come into force.”