The green light has been given for more than €1.7 million to build new homes in Ballyroan on sites that were originally being sold by Laois County Council.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the announcement of the provision of 10 new housing units at Gleann Na Glaise, Ballyroan. The estate was unfinished in the wake of the building boom but the council own the sites and had put them on the market for as little as €25,000, but very little interest was shown in buying them.
Minister Flanagan said the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has issued Stage 1 Approval under the Local Authority Housing Construction Programme (i.e. Capital Appraisal Approval in Principal), for the houses.
Minister Flanagan said this is good news for the area.
“The houses will be built on a site that was previously offered for sale as affordable full-serviced sites. These sites have remained idle and unsold for many years and have become somewhat of an eyesore in the area.
“Gleann na Glaise is a lovely estate and the provisional Budget of €1,761,943 illustrates the government’s commitment to providing social housing,” he said.
Cllr Mary Sweeney also welcomed the annoucement.
“I am delighted that approval has been sanctioned”
Minister Flanagan commended the Chief Executive John Mulholland, local Councillors and the staff of Laois County Council who worked with the Department on this proposal.
Meanwhile, the Minister also welcomed the allocation of almost €172,000 to help the Council complete work on some unfinished housing estates. The funding is being provided under the new National Taking in Charge Initiative (NTICI).
“Funding has been sanctioned to allow for completion of estates such as Ard Eireann in Mountrath, Mill Court Borris in Ossory, Rush Hall and Wallis St Mountrath,” he said.
“The boom and bust that our residential construction sector experienced over the past number of years has left considerable issues for households in developments that would previously have been taken in charge in the normal way.”
“Across the county, many residents have been left frustrated at the manner in which their estates were left and have been living in estates that are akin to building sites
“The government has set about making significant progress in tackling these most acute cases, providing for the completion of the majority of unfinished developments,” said Minister Flanagan.
NTICI aims to speed up applications to take in charge housing estates across the country.