Laois County Council are to give a reduction of 33% on the development contribution to new development in the IDA owned business parks and new development where job creation is supported by Enterprise Ireland.
There will also be a 33% reduction for developments in the retail core of Portlaoise, Portarlington, Graiguecullen and Mountmellick, while community based enterprise centres provided with support from Enterprise Ireland shall also be exempt.
The charges for residential and commercial and industrial development have also been reduced. Since 2008, for a rural house up to 200m with its own well and wastewater treatment the development contribution would have been €2,700, but this is now reduced to €2,000 in the draft development contribution scheme.
Details of the contributions were published by the council in last week’s Leinster Express and are available to download on the council’s website.
The council is projecting that 3,000 residential units will be built in the next five years and 300,000 metre squared for floor area for industrial/commercial development.
In the introduction to the building fee’s, the council say the review is timely “given the significantly changes economic circumstances.”
Other developments expent from paying the charges include development proposed to be carried out by or on behalf of a voluntary organisation which is intended to be used for social recreational, educational or religious purposes.
Sheltered or supported accommodation for homeless persons or sheltered housing schemes for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, disabled and persons with mental health issues provided by voluntary and not for profit non-statutory groups shall also be exempt.
All non fee paying primary and secondary schools shall be exempt, along with derelict sites, hospitals, third level educational institutions and retention permission.