Plans for over 110 new social housing units at former Newtownabbey school site

A planning application has been lodged with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council for social housing on the site of the former Newtownabbey High School.

Tuesday, 10th August 2021, 8:31 pm

The building proposal would see a mix of 77 new houses and 35 apartments at the Rathcoole Drive site and would include public open space, a children’s play park, landscaping and car parking.

The application has been submitted by Apex Housing Association.

Apex has developed a number of housing sites in the Newtownabbey area including Derrycoole Park, Inniscarn Drive, Green Walk and Rathcoole Gardens.

Newtownabbey Community High School site. (Pic Google).

An online public information event has been scheduled for December 2.

The proposed new housing will be located on a 4.4 hectare site of a former school which has been demolished.

The housing association says that it is planning a “diverse mix of housing including detached, semi-detached and terraced dwellings and apartments” with “extensive planting proposed across the layout”. The development will include 10 “much-needed affordable new homes”.

Apex says: “We originally launched the proposals in September 2020. Due to the initial feedback from local councillors regarding the level of proposed social housing in the development, Apex made a request to the Housing Executive who agreed to reduce the level of affordable homes for sale from 20 per cent to around nine per cent.

“These changes have made the development more suitable for a wide range of potential tenants, and is better suited to the diverse area in which the development is planned to take place.

“We are committed to working with the local community to deliver this important redevelopment programme.

“By engaging with the local community through consultation, we aim to provide a range of different homes and tenures we hope will build a thriving and sustainable community that caters to various stages of life.”

Almost 40 new social housing properties are planned in Monkstown 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.

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

The Housing Executive reported that single, older persons and small family households comprise 87 per cent 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.

Michelle Weir, Local Democracy Reporter

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