Northern Ireland

North Belfast regeneration aided by £9.2m housing developments

A pair of social housing developments that cost a total of £9.2m will underpin economic and community regeneration in north Belfast, a housing association has said.

More than 70 new homes in The Glen and Parkside schemes on Limestone Road have been handed over to tenants after being completed.

The schemes were funded by the Department of Social Development (DSD).

Newington Housing Association said the homes were a huge boost for the area.

Gary Dugan, chief executive of the association, said: "Although these homes have only recently been completed, there has been a significant and positive impact on community confidence in the area.

"The planning, development and completion stages have enabled wider cross-community discussions about how this area can improve and secure new opportunities for sustained prosperity.

"A concerted effort on both sides of the interface and support from our statutory partners has injected new energy that is reinvigorating Limestone Road."

He added: "In the past, some viewed Limestone Road as a last resort but now this is a place where people want to live and that's having a positive impact on this area and others.

"As a result of people choosing to relocate, redevelopment plans for surrounding areas such as Long Streets in the New Lodge are becoming possible.

"Alongside our development partner, Apex Housing, we are hopeful of creating up to 90 new homes in the near future."

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