Planning permission has been granted by Laois County Council for a housing development in Abbeyleix while another has been sought in Portarlington.
Two blocks of five terraced houses are set to be built in Knocknamoe, Abbeyleix by Aston Homes.
The site is behind the Grallow Wood estate and near to the restored Abbeyleix Bog amenity.
Laois County Council granted conditional approval to build the three bedroom homes.
The new conditions include a new entrance to the site, connection to public sewer and public water mains and all associated site development works.
There were a number of objections and observations made by locals in relation to this development.
As stated above, the decision is pending certain conditions and may yet be appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
Meanwhile, McKenzie Developments Ltd is in the process of lodging a full application for new homes at Kilnacourt Woods.
They intend to build 24 dwellings. These will comprise 20 two-storey three-bedroom semi-detached houses; two one-bedroom single-storey semi-detached bungalows and two two-bedroom single-storey semi-detached bungalows.
This is currently at pre-validation stage.