Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (116, 117)

Martin Ferris

Question:

113 Mr. Ferris asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of child care places delivered as a result of compliance by planning authorities with Childcare Facilities: Guidelines for Planning Authorities. [27398/04]

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Ruairí Quinn

Question:

114 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to recent figures from the Central Statistics Office showing that one-off houses accounted for 25% of planning permissions granted for new homes throughout Ireland in the second quarter of 2004; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that at the same time the number of apartments built fell by over 2%; his views on whether these statistics are in keeping with the Government’s residential density guidelines which call on local authorities to facilitate schemes delivering higher densities than standard suburban norms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27340/04]

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The CSO planning permissions quarterly statistical release sets out information on planning permissions granted for houses and apartments. The following tables summarise the relevant information. It is noteworthy that the number of apartments for which permission was granted has almost doubled as a percentage of the total number of dwellings granted permission, from under 16% in 1998 to over 30% in 2003 and the first two quarters of 2004.

The CSO publication has included information on the number of permissions granted for one off houses since the second quarter of 2002. The data shows that permissions for one off houses has been broadly within the range of 18% to 30% of permissions for all dwellings in that period. The guidelines for planning authorities on residential density are aimed at increasing residential density in urban and suburban locations. This data clearly indicates that there have been significant changes in housing patterns in these areas, with more traditional suburban forms of development being replaced by more mixed forms of higher density development. As evidence of this, the number of apartments for which permission has been granted has almost doubled as a proportion of the total number of permissions for dwellings. It is clear that these trends are broadly in conformity with the guidelines.

Table 1: Number of apartments granted planning permission as a percentage of all dwellings (houses and apartments) granted planning permission in each year.

No. of apartments granted

No. of houses granted

Total No. of dwelling units granted

Apartments as % of all dwellings granted

1998

7,431

39,958

47,389

15.7

1999

12,801

63,795

76,596

16.7

2000

17,415

73,828

91,243

19.1

2001

17,780

60,666

78,446

22.7

2002

18,259

51,055

69,314

26.3

2003

28,749

49,605

78,354

36.7

2004 (First 2 Quarters)

15,660

35,707

51,367

30.5

[Source: CSO planning permissions statistical release series.]

Table 2: Number of one off houses granted planning permission as a percentage of all dwellings (houses and apartments) granted planning permission in each quarter

No. of one off houses granted

No. of houses (excluding one offs) granted

No. of Apartments granted

Total No. of dwelling units granted

One offs as % of all dwelling units granted

Q2 2002

3,781

11,455

5,163

20,399

18.5

Q3 2002

4,677

8,824

4,771

18,272

25.6

Q4 2002

3,944

6,269

4,125

14,338

27.5

Q1 2003

4,093

5,418

4,030

13,541

30.2

Q2 2003

4,336

8,782

7,484

20,602

21.0

Q3 2003

4,653

9,741

10,065

24,459

19.0

Q4 2003

4,480

8,102

7,170

19,752

22.7

Q1 2004

5,841

11,213

8,347

25,401

23.0

Q2 2004

6,483

12,170

7,313

25,966

25.0

[Source: CSO planning permissions statistical release series.]