LAOIS County Council will provide funding for a parking facility to accommodate cars and bicycles beside an 80-house development on the site of the old Christian Brothers School in Portlaoise.
At the January meeting of the local authority, the council’s chief executive officer John Mulholland asked councillors to approve €320,000 for the facility, which will be located adjacent to the railway station. The work will be carried out in agreement with Kildare-based private development company Ardain Development and a voluntary housing agency, which is separately seeking planning approval to construct 80 housing units on the 5.5-acre site.
The councillors were informed that the development company will build a car and bicycle park with 95 spaces to cover 1.49 acres. When it’s completed, the council “will operate a pay and display public car park”.
It was noted at the meeting that the 80 housing units will comprise mostly one- and two-bedroom apartments “to cater for the 770 applicants on the council’s housing list in this category”.
Councillors were also informed that “there is no cost to Laois County Council in relation to the provision of social and affordable housing on the site and all tenants will be allocated from the council’s housing list”.
Councillors fully endorsed the executive officer’s request to enter into the agreement with the company.