Planning permission has formally been approved by Offaly County Council after councillors voted in favour of a material contravention to the Tullamore Town and Environs Development Plan 2010-2016 (extended to 2020) in order to pave the way for a housing development.
The vote appeared on the agenda of September's monthly council meeting and drew widespread support from all quarters in the council chamber.
The vote centred on a development comprising of three single-storey detached houses at Carraig Cluain in Tullamore. The initial application sought to build two-storey homes, but that had been earlier dismissed by the council.
In order for the new single-story dwellings to get the green light, the area of land in question had to be changed from 'open space' to 'residential' within the confines of the Tullamore Town plan.
A number of councillors spoke favourably for the contravention, including Cllr Tommy McKeigue who welcomed the re-application for single-storey houses, saying, "two-storeys should have never been considered in the first place."
The material contravention was agreed unanimously by councillors with just one member, Brendan Killeavy, absent on the day.
Planning approval has now been granted for the development and all associated site works.