Cllr Willie Quinn
A councillor has welcomed planning permission being granted for an ambitious project at the Green Drake pub in Borris.
Conditional planning permission has been granted for the project - which includes nine "dwelling units" and two cottages - in Borris.
Cllr Willie Quinn said: "It's a fantastic project. Nobody likes to see any building left derelict. It will be a major boost for the town as regards the housing and business elements of it.
"There's a shortage of accommodation in Borris and we do need everything we can get."
The applicant, John Kavanagh, is looking to develop properties at the Green Drake Public House, Main Street, Borris.
The planning application is divided into two phases.
Phase 1 has seen permission granted to demolish the existing unauthorised flat roof extension to the rear of the existing public house and demolish the existing stone shed to the rear of the property.
There will also be a conversion of the existing rear section of the public house to a two-bed apartment.
The plans include proposals for a change of use and alterations of the existing public house to a retail/commercial unit.
There will also be alterations to the existing habitable accommodation associated with existing public house to convert to a self-contained three-bed apartment.
Phase 2 has been granted permission for the conversion of the existing stone store to a one-bed apartment and alterations to existing street facade i.e. new door and windows.
The development will also include the erection of nine dwelling units consisting of a mixture of two and three-bed and a change of use to the existing stone building to the rear to two one-bed cottages and the erection of extension to the rear of each cottage.
The plans will also widen the existing entrance, as well as a proposed new access road, connection to existing services and all associated site works.
Carlow County Council have attached 35 conditions to the planning decision.