Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has officially opened a new £2.2 million housing scheme in Ballyduff.
The new development of 20 semi-detached houses in Fairview Court, which includes two purpose built wheelchair-accessible bungalows, has been built on the site of the former Ballyduff Primary School which closed in 2007.
All have been provided by Oaklee Homes Group with part funding from the Northern Ireland Executive. A second phase of 30 homes is planned for 2014.
Minister McCausland said: “I am pleased to be here today to hand over the keys to this new housing development at Fairview Court.
“One of my key objectives as housing minister is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access good quality accommodation. This new development is a real, practical outworking of that commitment. This continues to be an area of high housing need and this new scheme has taken 20 families from the waiting list and provided them with the very best of modern, energy efficient housing. I am also pleased that land which was the site of a former school has been redeveloped to produce these much needed homes.”
“It was good to meet with tenants during my visit and wish them all well in their new homes. Oaklee Homes Group and all involved in the planning and development of these new homes are to be congratulated for what has been achieved.”
The two and three bedroom properties have all been built to high energy efficiency levels and include a range of eco features fitted as standard. Heated by natural gas, the houses have roof solar panels fitted to assist water heating and rainwater butts have been supplied to recycle water run-off.
Timothy Quin, Oaklee Homes Group Chairman said: “Oaklee is proud to open and deliver another affordable social housing scheme where we can pass on the benefits of energy efficient construction to our residents. Oaklee remains committed to putting our tenants needs first in helping to develop community living, while offering value for money and good quality housing for everyone.”