Sunday 25 August 2019

Dublin city hit by big fall in active housing sites

Overall in Dublin county, the number of active sites increased by 3pc, to 178. Stock image
Overall in Dublin county, the number of active sites increased by 3pc, to 178. Stock image

Michael Cogley

The volume of active housing construction sites in the Dublin City Council area has plummeted by almost 40pc in the past year, a report has found.

There were 25 active sites in the city centre in the first three months of the year, down from 41 in 2018, according to the latest report from the Housing Supply Task Force.

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The task force was established to address "supply-related issues".

It is made up of members from the Department of Housing, Nama, and the four Dublin local authorities. It is chaired by the chief executive of South Dublin County Council. New homes under construction also fell, it said. In the first quarter of 2018, there were 2,695 units under construction in the city area. This figure fell by 29pc to 1,914 in the opening three months of 2019.

Fingal, Dún Laoghaire, and South Dublin county councils all reported an increase in the number of active sites in their areas.

Overall in Dublin county, the number of active sites increased by 3pc, to 178.

Completions in Dún Laoghaire rose from 13 to 156. In Fingal, they jumped from 1,294 to 1,754, and in South Dublin, completed units increased 52pc to 1,303.

Across Co Dublin, planning permissions have increased by 9pc, climbing to 27,246.

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