THE NUMBER OF planning applications to Wexford County Council dropped 25% in the past year, a new index of construction activity shows.
The National Construction Index, compiled by Link2plans also reveals a 28% Wexford drop in housing commencements which includes residential developments (multiple units), one-off housing (self-build) and one-off housing extensions. The number of planning applications made to Wexford County Council in the year to February 2012 fell from 93 to 70, which represents a fall of 25%. Even more significantly the proportion of projects which actually go ahead after receiving permission from Wexford County Council has dropped 28%, from 36 to 26. According to Danny O'shea, MD of Link2plans, 'commencement notices are a real time barometer of construction activity'.
But Diarmuid Houston of Wexford County Council, criticises the report as he says it 'only looks at plans to build houses'.
'To focus on house building all of the time is only a small part of what we do,' said the Senior Planner who points out that economic activity is continuing at commercial level.