Graigue housing estate could still go ahead

A HOUSING development in Graiguecullen which was refused planning permission by Laois County Council some years ago could be back on the cards, as the developer claims to have carried out improvement works at the site and has applied to the council for an extension of time.

A HOUSING development in Graiguecullen which was refused planning permission by Laois County Council some years ago could be back on the cards, as the developer claims to have carried out improvement works at the site and has applied to the council for an extension of time.

Jackie Greene Construction, based in Dublin, applied in 2005 for permission to erect 199 two-storey houses at Crossneen, Graiguecullen, consisting of 23 four bed detached houses, 58 four bed semi-detached houses, 78 three bed semi-detached, 20 three bed end terrace, and 20 three bed mid terrace houses. The development would include all

associated site works on a 7.4 hectare site, with access via a previously approved development.

Objections were lodged at the time by several local residents, who claimed that traffic congestion along the roads was already serious enough and would be further exacerbated by the development. Sewerage concerns were also raised, as was the issue that no provision had been made for such amenities as playing fields, creches or a community centre.

Laois County Council refused permission in June, 2006, on the grounds of deficiency in provision of water supplies and sewerage amenities. They also said that the development would be injurious to the area.

Jackie Greene Construction then appealed the council’s decision to An Bord Pleanala.

As part of ongoing discussions, the company contacted Carlow County Council, who promised to improve capacity at their water treatment plant to facilitate the new estate.

The time limit on the original application was due to expire in December last year, but the company have now applied for a five-year extension on the application, bringing the expiry date up to December, 2017. The company claim they have carried out substantial works at the site to improve the water and sewerage infrastructure.

A decision is now due from Laois County Council on February 20.