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Global rental business planned on derelict Portlaoise site

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A car hire company is planning to expand to Laois, with a development on a derelict industrial site in Portlaoise.

ERAC Ireland Ltd (Enterprise Rent A Car) who have offices across Ireland and globally, want to build another in the town on the New Road.

They have submitted a planning application to Laois County Council to demolish derelict structures and build a new office, saying it will create “multiple jobs”.

The 0.157 hectare site is near the Kyle Shopping Centre, facing Triogue Place housing estate.

“The site was previously used for a Haulage and Auctioneering business for years before becoming a derelict warehouse storage building.

“ERAC Ireland Limited has been based across the region of Ireland and look to expand to more towns allowing it easier and more efficient for customers and consumers to rent cars from them,” the application states.

They seek permission to demolish the single storey storage building and the associated pump house.

Planning permission is also sought to construct a modular office building to be used as a car rental hub along with the construction of a detached canopy to be used as a car wash/valeting bay.

“The proposed development provides expansion to its growing company which will create several jobs in the Portlaoise area, the unit is made of site reducing construction waste and using renewable materials where at all possible. The unit will be
constructed to current building regulation standard delivering a minimum A3 energy rating.”

“The proposal is to erect one commercial building and detached wash bay which allows ERAC Ireland Limited to expand their business to Portlaoise Providing multiple jobs. The proposal will improve Laois County as a whole as it allows future expansion for businesses and creates jobs within the county.

“The proposed site is well landscaped and provides safe and easy circulation for any member of the public or
private sector. The proposal is consistent with the guidelines of Urban development and DMURS. The proposed development seeks to supply a better use to the existing site in Portlaoise Town,” their application claims. 

Also proposed is a relocated vehicular entrance, 25 car parking spaces, Ev charging spaces, landscaping, bicycle shelter, lighting, signage, connection to public mains, and all ancillary works.

The site is zoned Town Centre – Primary/Core Retail Area in the Laois County Development plan. 

A planning decision is due on August 8.

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