Drop in Kerry plannings in 2013

Mary Murphy

KERRY County Council granted a total of 626 planning applications in 2013, down from 670 the previous year, new figures released this week through the CSO have revealed.

The planning permissions include a total of 154 new homes, down from 160 in 2012.

Last year permission was granted for 212 extensions, significantly down from a figure of 261 in 2012 and 64 applications to carry out alternations and conversions, up from 44 the previous year.

The remaining planning applications included permission for business, government and social use buildings. The granted applications represent a total floor area of 112,000 sq ft.

The final quarter of 2013, from October to the end of December, saw a total of 141 planning permissions granted in Kerry. Of these 27 were for new homes, 47 for extensions to existing buildings and 15 were granted to carry out alterations and conversions.

The new buildings, alterations and extensions represent granted planning permission over the three month period represent a total floor area of 112,000 sq ft.

Nationally, planning permission was granted for 1,556 dwelling units during the last three months of 2013; a decrease of 15.9 per cent.

The planning permissions granted nationally include: 1,394 houses and 162 apartment units - down from 431 in the same period in 2012, a 62.4 per cent drop.

Nationally one off houses accounted for 41 per cent of all new dwellings granted planning permission in the fourth quarter of 2013.


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