Rushpark housing scheme moves another step closer

Rushpark Community Centre. INNT 09-039-FP
Rushpark Community Centre. INNT 09-039-FP

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has agreed to proceed with the sale of almost 1.5 hectares of land in Rushpark for a new social housing development.

The decision to sell the site for £125,000 to Apex Housing Association was ratified at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday, February 27 and the transfer process will commence immediately.

Apex Housing has already obtained planning permission for the construction of 17 dwellings on the site.

Speaking after the meeting, Macedon DUP councillor Thomas Hogg said: “I am delighted to see proposals for the development of social housing at this site in Rushpark move another step forward. Rushpark is a much sought-after estate with a large waiting list for housing and these new homes will be a welcome boost to the area.

“These homes, in addition to recently completed flats at Doagh Road and the ongoing development at Rathcoole Gardens, represent a fantastic social housing boost in this part of Newtownabbey.

“I am aware that there remains a considerable demand for social housing in the Macedon area and I will continue to work with my DUP colleagues to lobby strongly on this important issue.”

It’s understood the demolition of the former Rushpark Community Centre is due to take place in the next few weeks to allow construction at the site to proceed.