Aldeman Alan Graham, Mayor of Ards and North Down and council Chief Executive Stephen Reid, today joined Clanmil Housing to welcome families who have recently moved into new homes at Clanmil’s Ballyvester Grove and Close housing development on South Circular Road, Bangor.
The first 22 families moved into the new housing scheme just before Christmas last year followed by a further 19 families in March.
The new 41 home scheme provides 24 three bedroom houses, 16 two bedroom houses and 1 four bedroom bungalow and is designed around a large central green space. All of the properties have good sized gardens making them perfect for families.
The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham commented: “It is a pleasure to visit the Ballyvester development now that everyone has moved in and I wish to congratulate Clanmill on this wonderful achievement. This impressive development offers energy-efficient housing with plenty of green, open space for families to enjoy. I sincerely hope that the residents enjoy their new homes and wish them every success in the future.”
Matthew Moore, who has just moved into Ballyvester Grove with his family said: “After living in a small flat for the past few years our new house is a real luxury. There’s plenty of room for all of us and the children love having their own rooms and the space outside to play.
“We’d been waiting for a new home for ages and had been watching these houses going up every time we passed by on the way to the shopping centre. Every week the kids would ask if we were going to be able to live there.
“When I found out we’d got one of the new homes I decided to keep it a secret until it was ready for us to move in and I didn’t tell them until the day I got the keys. They couldn’t believe it! The excitement was incredible. We moved in the very next day.”
“We’ve only been here a few weeks but it already feels like home and I’m really looking forward to watching the kids grow up here,” added Matthew.
The new homes have been built to high energy-efficiency standards with photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate electricity, a water recycling system to reduce water use and high levels of insulation to help reduce heating and energy bills for the families who live there.
Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing Group, Clare McCarty said: “At Clanmil we are committed to providing housing that really meets our tenants’ needs, not just in terms of quality homes and affordable rents, but also in relation to the cost of living in those homes.
“These homes have been designed and built to a very high environmental standard, making them more energy efficient than standard houses and considerably cheaper for our tenants to run.
“It is wonderful to see these families settling in and making the homes their own. We wish them all many happy years at Ballyvester.”
Clare added: “We are very grateful to the local community and their political representatives who have supported us throughout the development of this scheme. We look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure that Ballyvester Grove and Close are great places to live.”
The new homes have been built by the Clanmil Housing Group with part funding from the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development.
Photo Caption: Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Alan Graham joined Clanmil Chief Executive Clare McCarty in welcoming Matthew Moore and his son Luis to their new home at Ballyvester Grove.