Longford is experiencing a slowdown in residential construction despite a national recovery, according to the latest National Housing Construction Index report.
The figures, compiled by Link2Plans, show the number of project commencements and planning applications both falling in the first eight months of 2014.
When compared to the same period in 2013, project commencements in Longford are down 20 per cent while the number of new planning applications dropped by 8 per cent.
Longford was one of three counties that recorded a fall in the number of project commencements for the first time in 2014. Project commencements in Longford decreased from 30 in January to August 2013, to 24 for the same period in 2014, which represented a decrease of 20 per cent.
According to Danny O’Shea Managing Director of Link2Plans, “Despite the national recovery in the Irish residential construction sector which continues to gather momentum, Longford saw the number of project commencements fall in the first eight months of 2014. When compared to the same period in 2013, the number of project commencements fell in Longford by 3 per cent.”
In addition, planning applications in Longford decreased from 61 in January to August 2013, to 56 for the same period in 2014.
National Housing Construction Index data is aggregated from real-time planning and project information in every local authority area and is considered an accurate barometer of sentiment and actual residential construction activity.