This week saw the opening of Clanmil Housing’s Glenann Court, a £2.4million social housing scheme in Glengormley for people over the age of 55.
The scheme, which provides 21 one bedroom and two bedroom apartments has been provided by Clanmil Housing Association with the assistance of a housing association grant of £1.4m from the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development. Clanmil provided £1million through private finance.
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of being welcomed to Glenann Court by its proud new tenants, where Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Councillor Thomas Hogg, cut the ribbon and declared the development officially open.
As tenants showed me around their modern and spacious apartments, the excitement on their faces was evident. Speaking to a few, they explained that their new homes are their “pride and joy” and a place where they feel safe.
Mrs Isobel English, who moved into her apartment in Glenann Court in July, explained that it was a big decision for her to move but she is content in her new home: “It was a big decision to move house at this stage in my life but already I feel that it was the best move I’ve ever made. My apartment is so much easier to manage than my old house and I’ve already got to know my neighbours.
“The security is a big plus too. You need to feel safe in your home no matter what age you are, but when you’re older the peace of mind that feeling secure brings is even more important. I can’t see myself ever moving from here.”
The development is very contemporary, with neutral colours and décor throughout. The new homes have been built to high energy efficiency and security standards and to the Lifetime Homes standard, which means that they will continue to meet tenants’ needs as they grow older, helping them maintain long term independence and having a positive impact on their daily lives.
As well as on-site car parking, the new housing scheme has a communal roof terrace, which the tenants are already planning to make good use of.
Karen Mackel, who has recently moved into Glenann Court, joked that they are just waiting on the sun to come out to have a barbecue: “We are all very excited to have our lovely roof terrace. We’ve already got flowers planted and are hoping to have some extra seating for the summer. We’ve already got plans to have a barbecue when the sun comes out again!” She is delighted with her new home and says she has already made good friends since her move.
Joy Scott, Vice Chair of Clanmil Housing, is pleased with the outcome at Glenann Court. She said that the aim was to provide high quality, affordable homes, that meet the needs of tenants. Looking to the future, she is confident that the scheme will be a positive move for its tenants. She explained that low running costs, security, the convenient location and good design will mean that tenants can “continue to live independently in a home of their own as they grow older”.
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