Laois County Council looking for social housing developments in three Laois towns

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

Laois County Council looking for social housing developments in three Laois towns

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

Laois County Council has announced that it is seeking to purchase new 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses for social housing through turnkey developments in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick. 

The Council is seeking expressions of interest from private developers and building contractors who already have planning permission to construct housing units in these areas. 

A turnkey development is a type of project that is constructed so that it can be sold to any buyer as a completed product.

The last social housing project that Laois County Council announced was to build 33 new houses at Conniberry Way at the Old Knockmay Road in Portlaoise. This was announced in 2015 but has not been completed to date.

There were 1,606 people waiting for a council house in Laois at the last count in October.

All purchases of social housing carried out by Laois County Council have to be approved by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. 

Expressions of Interest forms are available from the local authority website and should be submitted to the Head of Finance and Housing, Laois County Council, Co Hall, Portlaoise, Co Laois in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Expressions of Interest – Turnkey Housing” by 16:00 hrs on Friday 12th January 2018.

Notes for Applicants and Application Criteria

Applications for each town will be assessed by this Council on the basis of the attached assessment criteria.

Applicants must have planning permission at the return date for applications.

Applicants must be capable of delivering completed developments on land which they own or have a controlling interest.

If an application is made by a group / consortium then it shall be treated as one application.  The lead and all members of a group / consortium shall be clearly identified.

Applicants must ensure that there are no conflicts of interest within their applications and be prepared to sign a conflict of interest declaration.

Applicants must have valid tax clearance.

Applications are made at the applicant’s own cost.

Submission of an application is on the basis of Expression of Interest and will not imply agreement and is further subject to contract.

There will be no obligation on this Council to enter into an agreement with any applicant.

Acquisitions are on a turnkey basis, payment is a fixed price lump sum on completion of a development within an agreed timeframe.

The price of a completed unit shall be the only payment for that unit and shall be deemed to include all costs in relation to the completion and delivery to this Council of that unit in a completed development.

Any agreement will be for a property acquisition and no works contract will be entered into.

All purchases of social housing units have to be approved by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Confidential or commercially sensitive applications must be clearly marked.  The final decision on confidentiality shall be that of this Council.  The Council is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

Applications shall be valid for a period of 12 months from the 12th January 2018 or until applicants withdraw their applications.

Canvassing is not permitted.

This Council reserves the right to purchase houses outside of this Expression of Interest process.

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