Celtic tiger housing development on Laois Offaly border resuscitated

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



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Celtic Tiger housing on the Laois Offaly border which got the green light as the property market crashed is being brought back to life.

Smart 2 Management Ventures Ltd, based in Dublin, intends applying for planning permission for the big housing project at the Bog Road, Portarlington near the town's secondary school.

The development applied for consists of modifications to a development which received the go-ahead in 2008. 

In 2007, Paul Mitchell applied to build 66 units which were a mix of houses and apartments. Offaly County Council granted planning permission for 52 houses in 2008 with 37 conditions. The project was subject to the so-called Part V rule which required the inclusion of some social housing.

Planning permission for the development near Coláiste Íosagáin secondary school was extended twice and expires in 2021. 

Local builder Pat Moore commenced work on the site and the estate was marketed as Birchfields. However, the property crash brought a halt to the development which remains a building site.

The new applicants want to modify the 2008 planning permission. Smart 2 Management Ventures wants to build 62 detached, semi-detached and terraced homes on the land.

The new applicant registered as a business in November 2017. Its principal activity is financial service.