Northern Ireland

Homes to be built on Andersonstown office site

Alex Attwood
Image caption Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said up to 84 people could be housed at the site

The site of the former Andersonstown Social Security Office in west Belfast is to be turned into 20 new family homes, it has been announced.

The site has been vacant since the social security office relocated to new premises earlier this year.

Jim Carlin, the Housing Executive's West Belfast Strategy manager, said he was delighted by news of the £2.6m scheme.

Mr Carlin said it would help address waiting lists in the area.

He said 1,700 new social homes had already been provided through the West Belfast Strategy.

However, he added: "West Belfast still has the highest number of applicants in housing stress in Belfast so schemes like this are extremely important in helping us meet that target."

Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said there was the potential to house up to 84 people on the site.

"When this land became available, I would have been failing in my duty as minister if I did not act swiftly to bid for land in areas of significant housing need for a potential new build scheme," he said.

"It is clear that there is good support for housing in this highly sought after area and I am pleased to be able to deliver more high quality homes for the people of west Belfast."