The number of homes granted planning permission dropped by 23pc in the second quarter of 2023, new statistics show. However, officials cautioned that planning permission figures can fluctuate significantly between quarters and this is not necessarily indicative of a longer trend. Figures published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show permission was granted for 8,723 properties in the second quarter of 2023, compared with 11,374 during the same period in 2022. The number of houses granted planning permission fell by 18pc on an annual basis to 3,702 housing units, while apartment approvals were down by 27pc to 5,021 units. Despite the drop, apartments still accounted for the majority of new planning permissions. This was almost entirely centred on Dublin, where the four local authorities in the capital granted permission for 3,351 apartments in the second quarter of the year. Permission was granted for 424 new houses in the capital over the same period.
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