Total number of planning permissions granted for all dwelling units was up 21.5% in the first quarter

The total number of planning permissions granted for all dwelling units was up by 21.5 per cent in the first quarter, while the number of one-off houses granted permission was at its highest since 2009, new data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows. The number of dwellings granted planning permission was 8,463, of which 4,687 were houses and 3,776 were apartments. That represented an increase of 51.7 per cent in houses compared with the same period last year, while apartments decreased by 2.5 per cent.

File photo dated 22/01/08 of houses as more than a million struggling British families are spending at least a third of their income on housing costs, a think-tank has revealed today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 16, 2013. Work by the Resolution Foundation shows 1.3 million households on low to middle incomes are spending more than they can reasonably afford on mortgage payments, rent and maintenance costs - forgoing other essentials such as food to pay their bills. See PA story MONEY Housing. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA WireRead the full article by Irish Times here at:

Continuing from this, we have newer projects getting the green light on the commercial side.

Construction on South Kerry Greenway is due to begin before end of 2022. The 27-kilometer greenway will run between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen. Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin said he has received an update on the project from Transport Infrastructure Ireland, in response to a recent parliamentary question. According to the response, Kerry County Council is still securing the necessary lands for the greenway, as well as engaging with landowners on accommodation works and progressing the scheme through detailed design.

Construction on South Kerry Greenway is due to begin before end of 2022

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Work progresses at €20m Cork office block The Prism. Piling is complete at The Prism, a €20m construction project set to deliver one of Cork City’s most eye-catching office blocks.Work got underway on the narrow site next to the city’s bus station in Parnell Place late last year and a spokesperson for the developer, Tower Holdings Group/Clontarf Street Developments Ltd, said it’s due for completion by August 2023. Designed by Reddy A+U and inspired by New York’s Flat Iron building, the 15-storey glass tower (builders are C Field Construction) will provide almost 6,000sq m of office space on a tiny 300sq m site.

Work progresses at €20m Cork office block The Prism

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On the sustainability end, we have Tommy Barker, Property Editor, who looks at the developers whose environmental commitments are bringing Irish buildings to new heights of sustainability. Land and our planet’s resources are precious, and finite, so it’s essential our buildings for the future, for environmental sustainability, for underlying values and for human habitation recognise that fact, and continue their upward trajectory of smart design, sensitive and appropriate siting, best construction practice, delivery, evolution, energy usage and adaptability.

Renewable island: Green ethos at core of Irish construction

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And that’s it for the week from our end!


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