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The future of Laois as laid out in new National Planning Framework are very welcome and exceptionally positive, Laois County Council CEO John Mulholland has said.
“It is not the purpose of the new Planning Framework to pit County against County or to pit one region against another,” he told the Leinster Express.
“It is, rather, a real effort at ensuring a future for the Country where balanced regional development and sustainability are at its core.
“It is very heartening, therefore, that the Framework has specifically sought out and nominated Portlaoise in a leading role to pilot and deliver true urban sustainability as a forerunner for the rest of the country.
“I believe that much thought and work on this matter has been applied to the drafting of the National Planning Framework and I further consider that our principle town, its community and its business people are being afforded a great opportunity to do something truly positive and remarkable for Portlaoise," Mr Mulholland said.
He listed the positives in the plan, which will guide Ireland's growth for the next 20 years.
“Personally, I am very excited at the prospects of regeneration for the core town centre and look forward to full community participation in shaping a new prospect for Portlaoise.
“In addition to the pilot regeneration project, we also have a very welcome commitment to a new Courthouse campus for the County.
“ I am also very pleased to see a huge emphasis on maintaining vibrant rural communities through an expanded rural development fund.
“The move in emphasis to a National Climate Action Programme and public transport investment is also to be welcomed and County Laois as a nodal point in public transport will no doubt have an important role in this regard also,” said the Council CEO.