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16 Jan 2022

Social housing plans welcomed as 'young families returning' to rural Laois says councillor

Social housing plans welcomed as 'young families returning' to rural Laois says councillor

The rear of St Kieran's Park in Errill where there is a design to build more social houses. Pic Google Maps.

New social housing needs to be built for the large number of young people and young families returning to Errill according to a Laois councillor.

Cllr John King tabled a notice of motion at the May meeting of the Mountmellick/Borris-in-Ossory Municipal District.

He asked that Laois County Council devise plans for social housing needs to the rear of St. Kieran’s Park in Errill.

Laois County Council Housing Department has prepared a design for social housing on council land behind St Kieran’s Park in Errill.

“There are young families returning to the area and young people coming back. Numbers in the schools are increasing too. It was June, 2008 when the last batch of houses were built in Ireland,” Cllr King said.

Mr Michael Rainey, Senior Executive Officer of Housing at Laois County Council said the preliminary design for social housing on this land will be submitted to the Department of Housing as a Stage 1 application for their consideration. No further timeline was given.

Cllr Brendan Phelan said the design for social houses was drawn up ten years ago and never came to anything. He advised Cllr King to contact the government housing department directly.

“Not in ten years has a house been built in Rathdowney and Errill. The design is there ten years,” he said.

Cllr King welcomed the response from Laois County Council.

It is outlined in the Laois Housing Strategy 2017-2023 that there is 7.3 hectares (18 acres) of land zoned as residential in Errill.

Is it estimated that this could provide space for up to 73 housing units with 10 houses per hectare.

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