There was a great deal of confusion surrounding the latest figures for planning and commencements in Co Leitrim in 2012 with statistics released by two different groups in recent days. Part of the confusion stems from the different time frames used which paint very different pictures of construction in the county.
The latest National Housing Construction Index complied and issued by Link2Plans (www.link2plans.com) has shown Co Leitrim to have the largest increase in Planning Applications so far in 2012. However Commencement Notices continue to decrease in line with the national trend.
The research shows that from January to June 2012, 73 planning applications were submitted in Leitrim. This compared to 64 in 2011 resulting in an increase of 14%. This was the highest increase nationally.
The same period however saw a decrease in the number of Commencement Notices issued in Leitrim dropping from 35 to 29, a percentage decrease of 17%.
However, in figures released earlier this week, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has recorded a 47% decrease in the number of Co Leitrim house Commencements recorded for the first four months of 2012.
The statistics say that 10 new housing units were commenced in the first four months of 2012 in Leitrim, a decrease of 9 units or 47%, on the same period during 2011, when work began on 19 new units.
For the twelve month period up to the end of April of this year, 37 housing units were commenced in Leitrim. This compares with 53 commenced in the twelve months up to April 2011, a year on year increase of 16 units or 30%.
There was also a decrease in the level of house completions in Leitrim during the first five months of 2012. Between January and May of this year 42 housing units were completed. This compares with 74 during the same period in 2011, a decrease of 32 units or 43% says the CIF.