The pace of one-off housing continues unabated, as self-builds accounted for 27 per cent of the units that gained planning permission in Q1 2017. Overall, one-off housing planning permissions grew 30 per cent over the same period.
The alterations, conversions and renovations category shot up 106 per cent, more than doubling, to 763 planning permissions granted in Q1 2017. Extensions grew 5 per cent to 1,767 applications granted in Q1 2017.
Also interesting to note for one-off houses is that the average floor area has only dropped 10 sqm since 2009. As of Q1 2017 the average floor area was 242 sqm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org