The number of planning permissions granted for dwellings fell between July and September compared with the same quarter of last year, according to the Central Statistics Office.

More than 1,400 permissions were granted during the three month period, 234 (14%) fewer than in the third quarter of 2012.

The majority of those - 1,252 – were for houses, with one-off housing representing more than 58% of permissions for dwellings.

Permission was granted for 157 apartment units, up more than 60% on the same three months of last year.

The number of planning permissions granted for all developments also fell during the quarter, down 4.3% to 3,875.

Planning was granted for 823,000 sq m of total floor area, with new dwellings representing 34% of this, new constructions making up almost 38% and almost 28% being extensions.