Planning permission for new homes is up across Cork county and city.

Rise in approved planning in Cork county and city

The number of planning permission applications approved for new homes in Cork city and county saw a significant increase in 2023 according to new figures.

Data published by the CSO showed an increase of 46% in Cork county, while Cork city saw an increase of 10%.

This translates to 3,238 homes in Cork county in 2023 compared to 2,243 in 2022, and 2,311 homes in Cork city compared to 2,109 in 2022.

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, said the figures indicate that the pipeline for much needed homes in Cork is continuing to strengthen.

“Planning permissions were strong in 2023 and, in the same year, all our other key housing indicators continued on a positive trajectory,” said the minister.

Last year, Ireland saw the highest number of annual commencements nationally on record, up 21.5% compared to 2022 and the highest number since records began in 2014. Completions last year were the highest in 15 years, with 32,695 new homes completed exceeding Housing for All’s annual target of 29,000 by almost 13%, said Minister O’Brien.

In line with Housing for All priorities to achieve compact and sustainable growth and revitalise urban centres, there was an annual rise of 40% in the number of multi-development houses receiving planning permission in 2023 throughout the country.