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Association marks 40 years with plan for 1,800 homes

By Margaret Canning

Clanmil Housing has said it's aiming to develop another 1,800 homes in Northern Ireland as part of a £230m investment. The social housing firm's new build programme is funded through the Department for Communities, as well as private funding totalling £135m from First Trust, Danske Bank and Ulster Bank.

It is developing homes for rent or purchase in sites including Belfast, Londonderry, Carrickfergus and Newtownards.

Further plans are being made for more projects in locations including Coleraine and Downpatrick.

The association is marking its 40th anniversary this month. It now owns and manages around 4,300 homes and employs 260 people.

Chairman Steve Amos said: "So much has changed since we began back in 1977.

"Back then our focus was on housing for older people. Over the past 40 years we've branched out into lots of new areas of housing and services, and now Clanmil provides homes and support for a wide range of people including thousands of families.

"One thing that hasn't changed is our passion for great homes and the people who live in them.

"Forty years on, we continue to believe that everyone should have a comfortable, safe and affordable home within a vibrant and supportive community where they love living."

As part of the anniversary, it will launch a '40 Lasting Legacies' programme to provide placements, apprenticeships and small grants for the communities in which it operates.

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