Number of planning permissions down despite huge demand for homes - CSO
The number of planning approved applications fell between the start of April and the end of June, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The 16.6pc decrease came despite the highly publicised demand for new homes.
Planning permissions were granted for 1,606 dwelling units – houses and apartments in the three months down from 1,926 units for the same period in 2013.
Almost half of approvals are for so called “one of houses” which are largely dispersed across rural areas.
The figures show that the overwhelming number of planning approvals are for houses – 1,492 of the 1,606 total, but even that is down slightly compared to a year earlier.