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Builders seeking to fast track new Homes

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Developers have sought planning for more than 11,000 new homes under a new fast-track planning system for residential building, according to the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy.

The Government handed responsibility for large housing developments to An Bord Pleanála in July in a bid to speed up planning permission applications by cutting out the need get approval from local councils.

Since then, the board had received applications for 11,500 new homes, including 4,000 houses, 2,500 apartments and 5,000 student rental rooms.

Minister Murphy also said that  builders around the Republic had begun work on 17,000 new homes in the 12 months ended September 30th, a 49%  increase on the corresponding period in 2015/2016.