A huge block of land is up for sale in Laois which could add hundreds more homes to the larger residential area of Portlaoise.
What is described as “one of the last remaining significant land reserves” suitable for development near downtown Portlaoise, has come onto the open market.
A block of over 32 acres (13.1 hectares) of land stretching from the N80 Mountmellick Road to the Ridge Road, is for sale at an undisclosed price.
It includes a mature bungalow on the Mountmellick road between the Liogard and Lake Glen housing estates.
It extends behind these estates across six fields, around the city sewage treatment plant to the road frontage on Ridge Road.
Video of the site below.
The auctioneer describes it as “a top development site, one of the last significant land reserves that lends itself to development, in such close proximity to Portlaoise town centre.
“Such an opportunity to purchase a large, strategically located development site in Laois rarely comes to the market like this. The property in question offers developers, government agencies and investors the potential to develop a block of key land, which is primarily zoned for new residential uses and transport & utilities”.
More than half of the site – 16.6 acres – is zoned Transport & Utilities, making it suitable for car parks and commercial development related to public transport services. This zoning also concerns services such as electricity, telecommunications, water and waste water.
Another 13.5 acres is zoned Residential 2 which allows mainly houses but also open spaces, schools, nurseries, small businesses, medical offices, playgrounds.
The last 2.5 acres are unzoned.
There is also an option to purchase the land in two blocks, one being the residential area, the other the transport and unzoned land.
Below: the zoning of the site.
“The majority of the site (apart from the dwelling house and its enclosure) is currently grassland, used for agricultural purposes and its topography is relatively flat throughout. The site is naturally divided into seven separate fields by the existing hedgerows and the river triogue crosses The site has dual access from the N80 (well within the 50km/h speed limit zone) to the west and the Ridge Road to the east No permits to build currently in place.Sold with vacant possession.
Auctioneer Gaynor Miller describes Portlaoise in glowing terms to potential buyers.
“Portlaoise is the largest town in County Laois with a population comprising of around 25,000 and growing every year. It is one of the fastest growing towns in Ireland, with several employers in On-site state agencies such as Department of Agriculture, Portlaoise and Midlands Prisons, Portlaoise General Hospital, Laois County Council, Portlaoise Garda Station etc.
A further 20 acres of building land have also come up for sale in the town on Borris Road as Portlaoise continues to grow in size and population.
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