Timber crisis adding ‘€15,000 extra’ to cost of new homes

Warning that the ‘crisis caused by Kildare Street’ may impact on number of houses built this year

A Department of Agriculture backlog in applications for forestry licences and to build roads to transport logs is squeezing supplies of timber. Photograph: iStock

A Department of Agriculture backlog in applications for forestry licences and to build roads to transport logs is squeezing supplies of timber. Photograph: iStock

Rising timber prices sparked by Government delays in issuing forestry permits are forcing house-buyers to pay up to €15,000 extra for newly-built homes, industry figures warn.

A Department of Agriculture backlog in applications for forestry licences, needed to fell or plant trees, and to build roads to transport logs is squeezing supplies of timber needed for home-building.

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