New Portlaoise council estate taking longer than expected to complete

Lynda Kiernan

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New Portlaoise council estate taking longer than expected to complete

Conniberry Way in Portlaoise, the only council estate in the town under construction.

The first council estate to be built in Portlaoise in over a decade will be finished later than expected.
Conniberry Way off the Old Knockmay Road, will have 30 three bed houses and three maisonettes. 

The estate of 33 houses began construction in late October 2016, with an 18 month construction time. It is being built by a Laois contractor, Michael Kelly & Sons Ltd from Castletown.

However at the February council meeting this week, a later delivery date was announced by the Laois County Council CEO John Mulholland.
“Due to an unforeseen utilities problem the contractor has advised that the Conniberry Way properties will be ready for tenanting in June in accordance with the contract, and not earlier as previously hoped,” Mr Mulholland said in his monthly management report.

The estate is costing €4.7 million to build, not including the cost of the site, bought by Laois County Council during the celtic tiger era.

Conniberry is 13 years in the planning. The estate was first proposed in 2005. Approval was granted in 2007 and the scheme went to tender in 2008. Tenders were given in 2011, but then the department of housing announced that there was no funding for it. In 2014 a new project was submitted and approved in 2015.
Both Minister Charlie Flanagan, and the then Minister for Housing Simon Coveney, turned the sod in 2016.

The council will chose tenants for the new houses from its housing list. The number waiting for a council home in Laois stands this month at 1,186 individuals and families.

Laois County Council expects to exceed its target of 123 new homes this year, through buying, building and getting Part V houses from new private developments.

Below: The sod turning in Conniberry Way in October 2016.