Clanmil welcomed the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland as he opened their new £7.4m social housing scheme in North Belfast.
The new development in Sunningdale Gardens funded by the Northern Ireland Executive and Clanmil Housing Association, provides 46 new family homes and apartments.
Speaking during a visit to the new homes, Minister McCausland said:
“Having cut the first sod on this site, it is wonderful to be back again to see the residents now enjoying their new homes. This area of North Belfast continues to have a high housing need and Clanmil is to be congratulated for providing these much needed 46 new properties. The mix of family apartments and houses, coupled with apartments for active older people, gives a real community feel to the neighbourhood and has brought new vitality back to this part of Belfast.
“I’m particularly pleased that those former residents, who wanted to, have been able to move back into the new homes. It is imperative to identify and take on board the aspirations of local people and make things happen for the betterment of that community.
The Minister continued:
“We should never underestimate the importance of good housing in people’s lives. These new homes will make a huge difference to all who now live here. All involved in their provision should be rightly proud of what has been achieved.”
Joan Baird, Chair of Clanmil Housing, said:
“We are delighted to welcome our new tenants to Sunningdale Gardens and wish them well as they settle into their new homes and new community. We are particularly pleased to welcome back home nine people who used to live in the maisonettes that formerly occupied this site and who have been able to move back into their community and these lovely new homes.”
Ms Baird added:
“We are very grateful to the local community and their political representatives for their assistance in delivering this scheme and look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that Sunningdale Gardens is a really good place to live.”
The new homes are built to Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and built to the usual Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards.
Note to editors:
- The new social housing scheme comprises 38 semi-detached family houses, two family apartments and six apartments for active older people over the age of fifty-five.
- The total cost of the scheme was £7.4million with the Department for Social Development providing £4.7m through Housing Association Grant and Clanmil Housing contributing some £2.7million through private borrowing.
- The housing scheme received a national Excellence Award from Premier Guarantee, one of the UK’s leading providers of structural warranty and insurance services. The annual Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards recognise the very best of the UK housing market, showcasing the importance of quality construction.
- Clanmil Housing currently owns and manages almost 3,500 homes throughout Northern Ireland including family homes, homes for single people, independent living schemes for older people, housing with care for the frail older people and supported housing for older people with dementia. Clanmil aims to provide high quality homes at the lowest possible economic rent for everyone in housing need.