Updated: 23 Feb 2018
New Social and Affordable Housing
During 2016/17, in partnership with housing associations, we exceeded the target of 1,600 new social housing starts, with an investment of £106m enabling work to be started on a total of 1,604 units. This was supplemented by £74.6m private finance secured by our partner housing associations.
The high quality new homes currently under construction will help to meet a range of applicants’ needs for social housing, including those with general housing requirements (families and individuals) and people requiring specialist housing (such as clients with mental health issues, older people in need of care or housing support, vulnerable young people, etc.).
We also recorded 1,387 new homes as completions in 2016/17, exceeding our anticipated figure of 1,200 units. Some of the key schemes from the 2016/17 new build programme were:
- Triangle Housing will provide facilities to support homeless clients at Trostan Avenue in Ballymena; a new purpose built homeless hostel, managed by the Simon Community provides 20 bed spaces. The new facility replaces the existing service at Mill House in the town which was in a poor condition and no longer able to offer appropriate accommodation to meets the needs of this client group;
- The two largest new build schemes which started were Apex Housing’s scheme which will deliver 78 new homes at the former Immaculate Conception College site in Derry/Londonderry, and Choice Housing’s scheme which will provide 74 new homes at the site of the former St Mary’s Primary School on the Larne Road in Ballymena;
- Clanmil Housing secured two contracts through the competitive design & build procurement route, which will provide 48 new homes in Harryville, Ballymena and 19 new homes in Carrickfergus;
- Clanmil will also provide a mixed tenure new build scheme at the site of the former Lisnasharragh School site in East Belfast.
House and Land Sales
We continued to implement the House Sales Scheme, which provides an opportunity for tenants to own their home. During the year we sold 402 homes under the scheme compared to 387 the previous year, realising capital receipts of £16m.