Thursday, 29 March 2012

Muir welcomes progress to provide new Social Housing at Loughview Estate, Holywood

I welcome news that work is continuing to provide up to 55 new Social Housing units at West Green, Loughview Estate, Holywood.

In response to a recent Assembly Question asked by East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle the Minister for Social Development detailed that Clanmill Housing Association expect to be on site during the 2012/13 year. The Minister also stated “the site could potentially deliver up to 55 units that at today’s costs could total up to £6 million”.

With many local people seeking Social Housing in the Holywood area news that new housing could be built in Loughview Estate during 2012/13 is extremely encouraging. Whilst approvals still need to be sought and local people consulted concerning the scheme design provision of up to 55 new Social Housing units on the site previously occupied by the notorious flat complex is good news.

I will continue to liaise with the Department for Social Development, NI Housing Executive and Clanmill Housing to ensure the plan progresses and vision for new Social Housing at West Green, Holywood is realised. The Social Housing waiting list in Holywood is far too long and needs drastically reduced. Provision of new homes is an important first step to tackling this chronic problem.

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