Tuesday 27 September 2016

Notices show low number of houses being built

Published 26/10/2015 | 02:30

In the area covered by the four Dublin local authorities, just 2,479 homes are under construction – of which 305 are one-off builds
In the area covered by the four Dublin local authorities, just 2,479 homes are under construction – of which 305 are one-off builds

Just 2,794 commencement notices have been submitted to local authorities in the first nine months of the year.

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The notices, which are required to be provided to local authorities when construction works begin, show that 6,343 homes are proposed to be delivered, of which 2,434 - under four in every 10 - are one-off units.

The Department of the Environment data reveals that across the Greater Dublin Area, which includes Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath, some 3,804 homes are planned, of which 642, or 16pc, are single units.

In the area covered by the four Dublin local authorities, just 2,479 homes are under construction - of which 305 are one-off builds.

The low number comes despite planning permission being in place for 18,000 homes in the Dublin area. However, securing finance to build developments remains a major stumbling block.

Elsewhere, it has emerged fewer than 9,000 new homes have been completed so far this year, far less than are needed to meet demand.

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The department revealed just 8,914 units were built in the first nine months of 2015, but almost half are one-off homes built to order.

While construction is resuming in some areas of high demand, builds are still below the required level. The Housing Agency says 21,000 units a year are needed to cater for our growing population and workforce, but on current projects barely over half that number will be delivered by year-end.

The figures show:

  • Across the four Dublin local authorities, just over 2,000 units have been completed - that is less than 230 a month.
  • The highest number is in Fingal (833), followed by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown (499), Dublin City (499) and South Dublin (231).
  • In Galway city, another area experiencing high demand, just 69 units have been completed of which 19 are one-off units. This is the lowest completion rate in the country.
  • In Cork city, 146 units have been delivered. Just 102 of these are in apartment or housing developments.
  • Overall, 8,914 homes have been built. Of these, 4,262 (48pc) are one-off units, 3,390 units are in housing schemes, and 1,262 are apartments.

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