IF a proposed housing development that’s “rumoured” to be at least five storeys high comes before the local authority, at least one councillor will not support it.
At last week’s meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District, cllr Willie Aird called for the council’s senior planner to provide information on discussions the council has had “regarding the development of the lands at Tower Hill, Portlaoise”.
There are plans in this area for a private developer to build 80 houses on land where the old CBS school once stood. It would be managed by a not-for-profit voluntary housing agency, with up to 100 car parking spaces adjoining the train station, which will be operated by Laois County Council.
Cllr Aird said: “I want a meeting with the senior planner. I don’t want us giving 100 car parking spaces way to CIE and then told we have to take five storeys, plus buildings for social housing. No way will I support that plan if it comes before us.”
Director of services Simon Walton said that preliminary plans are currently being drawn up for the site. When completed, they will be presented to councillors before final decisions are made.
Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said that social housing “is badly needed in Portlaoise. We want to get houses, but we want to get them right”.