Plans to build a new 39-house estate in Portarlington are currently on hold, following objections from residents of the area who have cited safety concerns and the possible devaluation of their homes.
Laois County Council has received several submissions objecting to plans by the Pat Moore Partnership, who have applied to build the new estate at Cooltederrry in Portarlington, close to the existing Lansdowne/Castlelea Estate.
If permission is granted, the new 39 unit housing development would consist of 20 two-storey semi-detached houses, 12 two-storey terraced houses, six one-storey semi-detached houses and one one-storey detached house, and would be accessed from the existing Lansdowne/Castlelea Estate.
In the most recent submissions received by the council, Ms Helen Fallon and Mr John McKnight, Lansdowne Road, said that the roads in Lansdowne/Castlerea are in very poor standard, “extremely narrow with several blind corners”.
They said that the increased volume of cars resulting from the new estate would become a safety risk and requested that a safety audit be carried out.
They said that parking spaces in the area are inadequate as “some spaces between houses are so narrow you cannot open car doors” and residents have no option but to park on the road.
“Given that only 69 houses were sold in Portarlington so far in 2016 and just over 100 in 2015, we would have to question the need for 100 houses in one small section of the Ballymorris Road,” they said.
Similar submissions were sent by Ms Corina and Mr Shane Cole, and Mr Harry Fowler, all residents of the Lansdowne Road.
A further submission was sent by Ger Fahy Planning, Kildare, on behalf of Mr Adrian and Ms Elaine Mullally and Mr Michael and Ms Mai Scully, Ballymorris Road.
The report said that the residents are “devastated that the proposed development would seriously alter the character of the area”.
Environmental concerns were raised concerning frog and squirrel populations in the area, as well as public health concerns around drainage, and the possible devaluation of property.