Planning was up in 2013

The number of planning applications and project commencements in County Longford increased in 2013.
Last year saw an increase in both planning applications and project commencements in County Longford.

Last year saw an increase in both planning applications and project commencements in County Longford.

According to the the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled by Link2Plans, planning applications were up three per cent, while the number of project commencements also rose by three per cent.

In compiling their results, the researchers examined every housing construction planning application and commencement from January to December 2013.

Applications submitted in Longford increased from 80 in 2012 to 82 last year, while Leitrim experienced a significant decrease of 37 per cent.

Longford was one of just eight counties to see an increase in project commencements in 2013, with Roscommon performing the best with a 45 per cent increase.

Viewed on a nationwide basis, the National Housing Construction Index revealed a one per cent decrease in planning applications, while project commencements dropped by four per cent since 1012.

“The National Housing Construction Index shows that the increase in project commencements as well as planning applications is very positive for Longford,” said Managing Director of Link2Plans, Danny O’Shea.

“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.”