LAOIS has a target of 684 new county council houses between now and the end of 2021.
A total of 123 homes are to be built directly by the council, while the remainder will be acquired through purchases of private properties, approved social housing agency schemes and other programmes.
The target has been set under the Rebuilding Ireland Plan, which was unveiled at a national housing summit attended by Laois County Council chief executive John Mulholland. Announcing the target in his latest management report, Mr Mulholland said: “The 2017-2021 target for Laois is 684 new homes, of which 123 are to be provided through direct build by the local authority. We want to see activity in all parts of the county to give people choice.”
Housing officer Michael Rainey told the latest county council meeting that the target is likely to be exceeded. He said: “I think we could construct 193 units and acquire over 90 units. We could also move away from buying houses in good condition and instead take on vacant houses in bad condition, thereby providing more housing in particular areas.”
Mr Rainey said he would come back to an upcoming council meeting with a detailed map showing the areas where the local authority could construct or acquire new properties.