Tullow could build 200 houses in the next eighteen months but there's a 'fly in the ointment'

The issue came up at this month's full meeting of Carlow County Council

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Wastewater treatment plant needed in Tullow

Tullow could build 200 houses in the next eighteen months but there's a "fly in the ointment" around the upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant in the area, a councillor has said.

Cllr Will Paton was speaking at this month's meeting of Carlow County Council. 

He said: "We could build 200 houses in Tullow in the next eighteen months if the wastewater treatment plant was there. There's a fly in the ointment and it's Irish Water."

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Paton said: "Tullow's Waste Water Treatment Plant has no spare capacity and the Council are not in a position to grant permission for housing in Tullow bar the odd house here and there.

"Certainly housing schemes of 20 or 30 houses would be refused at this stage. Irish Water aims to have a new Waste Water Treatment Plant operation in Tullow in 2022 but the demand for housing is now.

"I have identified a minimum of 180 houses that developers / organisations tell me that they would like to build."

He added: "Essentially the development of Tullow town (the third largest town in Carlow-Kilkenny with a population of 4,673 (2016 Census) is being held to ransom primarily by Irish Water who do not see the urgency of the situation."