More time to finish estate

the developers of a Graiguecullen ghost estate have asked Laois County Council to extend their planning permission.

the developers of a Graiguecullen ghost estate have asked Laois County Council to extend their planning permission.

According to the application, just 76 out of the proposed 567 houses were fully built, while the subfloors and concrete bases of a further 12 units were in place before the crash in the housing market.

The developers also claim that roads, services and utilities have been developed/installed on two-thirds of the 74 acre site.

Portarlington based, Clayborne Properties, have asked the council for the maximum extension on their 2004 planning permission, adding that they expect to complete between 2016 and 2020.

Had it been completed, Fruithill Manor would have been the largest development in county Laois, with planning permission for nearly 570 houses, and 15 apartment blocks. It is understood, that none one of the finished houses are completed. The padlocked gate means the development is now a monument to the celtic tiger.

The development consists of a choice of 12 house types ranging from 3 bed mid-terrace to 5 bed detached, and prices start at E170,000 for a 3-bedroom mid-terraced house.