43% drop in planning permission awarded in Donegal

The continued demise of the construction industry in Donegal has been highlighted today by figures from the CSO which show a drastic year on year drop in planning permissions being granted.

However the rate of permission granted for the first quarter of 2010 show that far more permission were granted in Donegal compared to other border counties.

In the first quarter of 2010 there were 137 planning permissions granted in Donegal, this is a drop of 43% on the same period last year.

The number of people seeking to extend their property also fell, but not to the same extent - 85 permission were granted - down 24% on last year.

While significant, the drop in planning permissions in Donegal is by far not the worst of the border counties.

In Cavan there were just 16 permissions for new dwellings granted in the first quarter of 2010, this compares to 207 for the same period last year.