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Where are people self-building in Ireland? Top counties revealed…

Republic of Ireland (ROI) witnessed a 30 per cent growth in self-builds between 2015 and 2016 while Northern Ireland (NI) statistics show a 20 per cent growth in new dwelling starts between Q1 2016 and Q1 2017.

The number of commencement notices issued in 2016 grew 30 per cent on average in ROI with Co Cork leading the way. Self-built house building commencement figures for the first two months of 2017 show further growth: roughly 50 per cent year on year for January 40 per cent year on year for February and 20 per cent year on year for March.

In NI, new dwelling starts statistics from District Council Building Control mix all private new builds, so the figures include developer-led housing. There were 20 per cent more new starts in Q1 2017 than during the same period last year.

Click on your region below to find out who’s building where.

ROI Top 10 one-off commencement notices issued in 2016 (growth between 2015 and 2016)

  1. Co Cork 538 (+25%)

  2. Co Meath 284 (+49%)

  3. Co Galway 274 (+17%)

  4. Co Donegal 211 (+24%)

  5. Co Kildare 208 (+30%)

  6. Co Kerry 183 (+26%)

  7. Co Mayo 179 (+40%)

  8. Co Wexford 179 (+23%)

  9. Co Clare 145 (+44%)

  10. Co Limerick 138 (+34%)

NI Top 5 new dwelling starts by District Council, first quarter 2017 Q1 (growth between Q1 2016 and Q2 2017)

  1. Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 258 (+8%)

  2. Mid Ulster 242 (+26%)

  3. Lisburn and Castlereagh 241 (+83%)

  4. Ards and North Down 180 (+49%)

  5. Newry, Mourne and Down 180 (+18%)

In the pipeline: planning permissions

ROI recorded an 18 per cent growth in one-off planning permissions between 2015 and 2016 with the most significant increases in counties Cork, Meath, Kildare, Mayo, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Clare, Waterford, Donegal, Louth and Sligo. The total came to 4,230 applications granted in 2016 but this figure does not consider alterations or extensions.

In NI, planning permissions also grew between 2015 and 2016 for one-off houses, replacement dwellings and extensions/alterations, with over 4,500 applications approved, roughly half of which accounted for new builds.

For a regional breakdown the statistics group self-builds with developer-led housing and apartments, with the following top four districts: Newry Mourne & Down, Ards & North Down, Mid Ulster and Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon.


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