According to the Construction Index, in June 2018 there were lower amounts of planning applications made for minor housing developments compared to June 2017.
The Ministry for Housing and Local Government released statistics showing a 2% decline in larger residential planning applications, 3% in minor housing developments, and 11% in commercial projects.
Planning system efficiency has also gone down, with fewer applications decided within the legally required 13-week period.
Minor housing developments are those with fewer than 10 homes, a total floor space of less than 1000 sq.m., or a site size of less than half a hectare.
Statistics also suggest that 42% of planning applications for minor housing developments and 75% of those for major projects are subject to performance agreements, environmental impact assessments, or time requests.