Monday 11 December 2023

Despite all the negative commentary on planning - housing permissions are growing fast

 According to the CSO, there has been an over 40% increase in number of homes granted planning permission. Many people in Ireland hold the view that planning is now dysfunctional and is no longer delivering. This is not the case. The system is in fact overwhelmed with resourcing failing to meet growing planning application demands from a rapidly expanding population which is wealthier than it has ever been. More statutory planners are needed and An Bord Pleanála must be better resourced. had this story in the past few days:

"There was a 43 per cent increase in the number of homes granted planning permission in the third quarter of 2023, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. The number of dwelling units granted planning permission in Q3 saw 4,859 houses and 4,803 apartments. The number of houses granted planning permission rose by more than 10 per cent when compared with Q3 2022, while apartment approvals more than doubled. Between January and September 2023, there was an overall growth of 13 per cent in the total number of dwelling units approved when compared with the same period in 2022. However, in Q3 2023 there was an annual fall of more than 25 per cent in the number of one-off houses receiving planning permission, compared with an annual decline of 36 per cent in Q2 2023. Across the four local authorities of Dublin, planning permission was granted for 3,077 apartments in Q3 2023, accounting for 64 per cent of all apartments granted planning permission in the state this quarter".

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