Dwelling units approved up 80.8% in year
In the first quarter of 2018, planning permissions were granted for 8,405 dwelling units, compared with 4,650 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 80.8%.
This quarter saw the first permissions granted by An Bord Pleanala through Strategic Housing Development Applications, which accounted for 62% of the quarterly increase in Dwelling Units (See Background Notes).
The first quarter figures also show that: Planning permissions were granted for 5,917 houses in the first quarter of 2018 and 3,754 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 57.6.%. Planning permissions were granted for 2,488 apartment units, compared with 896 units for the same period in 2017, an increase of 177.7%.
One-off houses accounted for 16.5% of all new dwelling units granted planning permission in this quarter.
The total number of planning permissions granted for all developments was 6,036. This compares with 5,959 in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 1.3%. See Table 1.
Total floor area planned was 2,038 thousand square metres in the first quarter of 2018. Of this, 61% was for new dwellings, 28.2% for other new constructions and 10.8% for extensions. The total floor area planned increased by 39.5% in comparison with the same quarter in 2017.
Planning permissions for new buildings for Agriculture decreased to 276 this quarter. This compares to 281 permissions in the same quarter of 2017.