Where are people self-building? Top counties

ROI witnessed a 30 per cent growth in self-builds between 2015 and 2016 while 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 three 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.

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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%)

Total ROI                    4,012

Source: Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government

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 take into account 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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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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