Fewer houses being built in Tipp
The latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) illustrates that Tipperary has had a significant decrease in planning applications as well a sharp fall in commencements compared to the national average. The team of researchers at www.link2plans.com have examined every housing construction planning application and planning commencement from January to April 2013, in the production of the National Housing Construction Index. The Index gives a direct comparison with the exact same period in 2012.
Tipperary has experienced a significant drop in commencements after falling 27% in January to April 2013 compared to the same period last year. Tipperary planning commencements fell from 62 in January to April 2012 to 45 in the same period in 2013. Furthermore, planning applications made in Tipperary also decreased by 4%, from 131 in January to April 2012 to 126 in the same period in 2013. Other counties that performed badly in the planning applications index are Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Limerick and Kerry recording a fall of applications by 33%, 33%, 30%, 27% and 26% consecutively.
Despite the sharp fall in the commencements in Tipperary, the outlook is not as negative as the index initially indicates. The fall of commencements may have been influenced by the unpredictable wet and cold weather experienced across Ireland for the last few months. Also according to the Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea, the fall in commencements is in part a consequence of the decrease in planning applications made last year. Therefore, based on the fall in planning applications made in this period January to April 2013, one may expect commencements to fall even further in the near future.