In accordance with Part XI, Section 179 of the Planning and development Act, 2000 as amended and part VII, article 80 and 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended Laois County Council hereby gives notice of proposals pertaining to development as follows:
Construction of new County Library building incorporating a Local Studies Centre, Community and Events spaces.
The proposed new library building is to be located on Unit 52 and 53 Main Street, Portlaoise which is within the Portlaoise Architectural Conservation Area. The Library Project will involve the full demolition of the existing buildings (Shaws) and the construction of a new purpose built library building.
The new Part 3 storey /Part 2 storey building will provide library space of 1,500 square metres approximately, comprising of a ground floor space of 800 square metres and upper floors space of 700 square metres. Additional space from the rear will be incorporated for library events and exhibitions, including a reading garden which will facilitate exhibitions and cultural festivals.