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6 December 2017
Families have recently moved into ten much needed new homes at Gainsborough Drive in North Belfast, delivered by Clanmil Housing Group with the assistance of grant support from the Department for Communities.
The £1,000,000 scheme, on a site formerly occupied by Northern Ireland Housing Executive homes, was constructed by Dungannon based contractor QMAC Construction Ltd and comprises ten two bedroom terraced houses.
The new homes are highly insulated, helping to reduce heating costs and making them efficient to run for the families who will live in them. They have been designed to the Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, which ensure added security and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.
Courtney Mason, who recently moved into her new Gainsborough Drive home, is delighted;
“I’m so glad to move into my new home, especially just before Christmas – it’s like an early present. I’m excited for our first Christmas here thanks to Clanmil. The house is really warm and cosy which is great in the cold weather we’ve been having recently. ”
Jan Sloan, Development Manager at Clanmil said:
“At Clanmil we believe that everyone should have a good home and we are delighted to see families settling in here at Gainsborough Drive.
“These new homes mean that this winter ten families from the waiting list have been able to move into warm, easy to run homes. We are very grateful to the local community and to their political representatives who have supported us on this project. “
Welcoming the new development, local MLA William Humphrey said:
“The DUP welcomes the completion of the new properties at Gainsborough Drive -this is good news. We continue to lobby for good quality housing in the area. We are pleased that new properties have been completed in Gainsborough, Fortwilliam Parade and Hallidays Road. We look forward to a new development of 20 new houses in Hogarth Street, commencing in January.
“We have recently met with the Housing Executive and local Housing Associations, regarding the redevelopment of waste ground at Gainsborough, Alexandra Park Avenue, North Queen Street, Crosscollyer and the former Grove Primary School site.”