Two new social housing developments totalling £9.2 million will underpin economic and community regeneration in north Belfast, Newington Housing Association said today
More than 70 new homes in The Glen and Parkside schemes on Limestone Road have been handed over to tenants and the schemes were officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Nicola Mallon. Funded by the Department for Social Development, the developments will be accompanied by an additional 14 units which will be started by Newington Housing Association later this year.
Regarded as a ‘flashpoint’ during The Troubles, high levels of civil unrest and community division have, historically, complicated efforts to put existing housing and land to their best use to meet acute housing need in the area.
Gary Dugan, Chief Executive of Newington Housing Association said: “Although these homes have only recently been completed, there has been a significant and positive impact on community confidence in the area. The planning, development and completion stages have enabled wider cross-community discussions about how this area can improve and secure new opportunities for sustained prosperity. A concerted effort on both sides of the interface and support from our statutory partners has injected new energy that is reinvigorating Limestone Road.
“In the past, some viewed Limestone Road as a last resort but now this is a place where people want to live and that’s having a positive impact on this area and others. As a result of people choosing to relocate, redevelopment plans for surrounding areas such as Long Streets in the New Lodge are becoming possible. Alongside our development partner, Apex Housing, we are hopeful of creating up to 90 new homes in the near future.”