APPROXIMATELY 1,600 cases from people in need of housing are being dealt with by Laois County Council. These include single people, lone parents and families.
Currently, 277 people in the county have been classed as being homeless. To try and tackle this issue, the council plans to build 322 houses over the next few years. It is expected that at least 65% of these will be built and controlled by voluntary housing agencies.
At the January meeting of the county council, elected members were provided with the figures by chief executive John Mulholland.
For the first four week’s of this year, the council has provided emergency accommodation for 13 adults and 11 children. In the same period it has also supplied transitional accommodation for three adults and nine children.
The council’s Rebuilding Ireland Construction programme sets out the number of houses to be build and their locations – Shannon Street, Mountrath (6); Ballymorris, Portarlington (22); Gleann na Gláise, Ballyroan (6); Moore Street, Rathdowney (6); Mooreville, Rathdowney (8); Pattison Estate, Mountmellick (10); Harbour Court, Mountmellick (6); Sean Doire, Durrow (22); St Kieran’s Park, Errill (21); Hillview Drive, Portlaoise (2); Harpur’s Lane, Portlaoise (1); Parnell Close, Portlaoise (11); Hepburn Court/Knockmay, Portlaoise (43); O’Moore Place, Portlaoise (36); Old CBS school site, Portlaoise (80); Convent Site, Portlaoise (47); County Hotel, Portlaoise (7); Carraig Glas, Stradbally (62); The Orchard, Stradbally (6).
There are plans to construct 80 housing units on site of the old CBS school site in Portlaoise under the town’s rejuvenation programme.
No dates were given for completion of the planned developments.
Last year, Laois County Council received 610 valid planning applications, compared with 528 in 2017. The majority of those approved were in Portlaoise (353), followed by Portarlington (67), Mountrath (41), Ballyroan (29), Stradbally (16) and Ballylinan (12). The remaining 126 applications were approved for houses in rural areas.