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Plan in place to construct 54 new homes in Laois town following Council announcement

Hepburn Court

Laois County Council have signalled their intention to construct 54 new homes in Portlaoise.

The idea to regenrate Hepburn Court was first mooted back in 2018. 

The issue was raised at a Council meeting by Sinn Fein’s Caroline Dwane-Stanley and the Housing Officer at the time, Michael Rainey, explained how a preliminary design was in place.

Fast forward almost four years and the Council have now announced that they intend to build 54 homes on a site of 2.4 hectares at Hepburn Court.

They say: “The development will have vehicular access from the Ballyfin Road via Mountain view Square and through pedestrian access to Hillview Drive and Clonroosk View.

“The site is bounded to the north, east, south and west by residential properties and to the southwest by land zoned for future residential development.”

The houses are made up of three different types.

There are to be 34 three-bedroom two-story homes, 12 two-bedroom two-storey semi detached/terraced homes and eight two-bedroom bungalow semi-detached homes.

The council intend to construct a playground and 111 car parking spaces as part of the development.

They say: “The development also includes foul and surface water drainage works and surface water attenuation, footpaths and landscaped public open space with passive and active areas that includes a secure playground for young children.

“Associated siteworks that includes boundary treatments and a total of 111 car parking spaces are also proposed.”

Plans and particulars of the proposed development are available for viewing on our online consultation portal at https://consult.laois.ie from April 20 to May 17 inclusive.

Plans and particulars are also available for inspection by appointment only at the offices of Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, JFL Avenue, Portlaoise from those dates.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.