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Approved planning permission for homes almost halved in one year

CSO data on planning permission for dwelling units shows a drop of 45.9 per cent between Q3 2010 and the same period of 2011.

THE NUMBER OF residential units to receive planning permission almost halved over the space of a year, according to CSO data.

Approved permission for dwelling units dropped by 45.9 per cent in Q3 of 2011 compared with the same period of last year – down from 4,641 units to 2,512.

One-off housing accounted for almost half (44.7 per cent) of all new dwelling units approved in Q3 2011.

Planning permission was granted for 1,887 houses in the third quarter of this year (down 33 per cent on the 2,817 granted last year) and for 625 apartment units (down 66 per cent on the 1,824 units approved in Q3 2010).

Overall, the number of permissions granted for all developments fell by 15.7 per cent between Q3 2010 and 2011.

The CSO figures concern planning permission where construction is involved.

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