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Wednesday 16 April 2014

House building falls to new low

CONSTRUCTION work in Listowel appears to be stalling, according to new figures released by the local authority this week.

CONSTRUCTION work in Listowel appears to be stalling, according to new figures released by the local authority this week.

Planning applications coming before the town council have fallen back to 2011 levels, with a dramatic downturn in revenue for the authority compared to last year.

Since the start of the year, Listowel Town Council has received only 16 planning applications, four of which have been deemed invalid. This is markedly down on the 35 planning applications received over the entire course of last year. Just 24 planning applications were received by the authority in 2011.

The council earned just under €4,000 since January last in planning fees. Last year it received €21,697.50 from the same income stream.

"The level of planning applications for 2013 is lower than that for 2012 and is a reflection of the current economic climate," town clerk David O'Brien told councillors on Monday. "In 2012 we saw a surge in applications for domestic extensions and this boosted the figures, but there has been a significant fall off in 2013 in these applications. It is anticipated that the final figures for 2013 will be similar to the 2011 figures."

He said it was disappointing to note the number of invalid applications received this year as each application requires a 'significant' level of working hours to validate.

Mr O'Brien also explained that the relatively high revenue generated by fees in 2012 was attributable to two applications for commercial/industrial development.

Of the 12 valid applications this year, six have been granted planning, none have been refused and the remainder are still before the council for consideration.

Listowel Town Council, meanwhile, agreed on Monday to take charge of a road in the Woodview estate of the town. The authority has only taken part of the road in Woodview in charge as some of the estate lies outside the town boundary and is therefore within the remit of Kerry County Council.

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