Almost 40 new homes proposed in Monkstown social housing project

Thirty-seven new homes are to be constructed in Monkstown if a new social housing scheme is given the go-ahead by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 10:49 am

The proposed development will be located between Aspen View, Doagh Road and Monkstown Road, in Newtownabbey.

It will be comprised of 14 semi-detached houses, 11 townhouses, three detached bungalows which will be wheelchair accessible, one detached property and eight apartments.

The proposal includes associated parking, landscaping and open space with access from Doagh Road and a public footpath to Monkstown Road.

Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey

Meanwhile, work is progressing on 20 new homes at the former Moylinney House Care Home site in the Monkstown estate.

The site, being redeveloped  by Radius Housing, will provide six three-person two-bed houses and 14 three-person two-bed apartments for over-55s for social housing use.

Updated plans for a new housing development on the former Newtownabbey Community High School site in Rathcoole include a higher number of social homes than previously stated.

Approximately 110 properties are planned for the site.

Previously, Sinn Fein has called for social housing to be located in the Glengormley area.

Recently, the Housing Executive reported that single, older persons and small family households comprise 87% of the “housing stress” waiting list in Antrim and Newtownabbey council area. There were 2,039 applicants on the housing waiting list at the end of the financial year.

During 2019/20, in partnership with housing associations, 107 new homes were built throughout the borough.

Speaking at a recent presentation to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Colm McQuillan, the Housing Executive’s Director of Housing Services, said: “There remains a lot of work to be done to meet housing need, to improve housing stock and to provide support for the most vulnerable in our community.

“We will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently and effectively.”

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

Click here to read: Residents invited to have their say on plans for new homes in Rathcoole

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