THERE is enough land earmarked for houses around Rathdowney to meet the demand for housing in Laois until 2018 but Laois will still need new houses to keep pace with demand.
So claims Laois County Coucil's draft Development Housing strategy which is a big part of the council's new County Development Plan. County hall believes that there will be just 1,000 houses needed in Laois over the next decade when planned houses are built and ghost estates and unfinished houses are completed.
County Hall expects that more than 4,00O houses will be needed to meet the county's popuplation growth over the next decade. According to county hall's analyis most of the future demand for houses could be met from empty or unfinished houses and housing estates. There are more than 2,500 empty or unfinished homess and planning permissions for more than 2,600 houses.
However, there is also plenty of zoned land land which is a hang over from the last county development plan.
"The amount of land that is zoned and serviced is likely to be sufficient to meet demands of the period of the plan when all factors are taken into account," he said.
The council have also found that the money of land zoned for housing in Rathdowney would be enough to meet the demand for housing caused by a predicted 10,000 rise in population.
The council has earmarked Portlaoise as the number one town for growth over the next ten years. In its plan the council also predict that house prices will stablise in Laois next year after dropping by more in just three years.