Communities Minister, Paul Givan, has announced a new £5.2M housing scheme in Ballyclare.
The development at the ‘The Square’ has been designed by RPP Architects and will provide 39 new homes for active older people and space for a social enterprise.
The scheme will be located on the site of a former department store and will be funded by £3.2M from the Northern Ireland Executive, with Choice Housing Association providing an additional £2M through private finance.
On his visit to Ballyclare to mark the announcement, the Communities Minister commented: “This year the NI Executive, through the Department for Communities, will deliver 1,600 homes for the people of Northern Ireland. This programme aims to provide housing to meet the needs of many in our society – from families with young children to our older population.
“This scheme at The Square in Ballyclare will help meet the demand in this area for accommodation for the active elderly and provide 39 homes for people on the social housing waiting list.”
Mr Givan said that the housing development would give the older residents the chance to live independently and play an active role in community life.
Chief Executive of Choice Housing, Michael McDonnell, said the homes have been specifically designed to meet the demands of older residents due to their energy efficiency, accessibility and adaptability.
He commented: “There are many demands for housing in today’s society and it is important that we get more homes underway. In Choice, we have an extensive new-build programme in place and are determined to do what we can to meet considerable need.
“We’re working in close partnership with local communities to deliver ambitious targets and meaningful change.”
The scheme should be complete in August 2018.
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