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Carrickfergus to get 40 new homes in £4.5m scheme

By John Mulgrew

Almost 40 new homes will be built in Co Antrim as part of a £4.5m development.

Hagan Homes is planning 38 detached and semi-detached townhouses at Darby Road in Carrickfergus.

The firm says the first stage of the scheme will be finished by spring next year, with prices starting at around £115,000.

It's the latest major development from the company, which is headed by managing director Jamesy Hagan.

"It is a clear indication of Hagan Homes' confidence in the local market and a further sign of rejuvenation in the construction sector," he said.

"Demand for superior homes offering value in Northern Ireland is high and the Darby Road development offers homebuyers the opportunity to live in one of the most historic locations in the country.

"Located just five minutes from Carrickfergus Castle, the development will offer beautifully designed three-bedroom turnkey townhouses, semi-detached and detached homes with a vibrant marina-side culture close to hand."

Mr Hagan added that the homes were "designed to appeal to all demographics, whether first-time buyers, families, young professionals and downsizers".

"Our homes are built to be lived in, so the usability of homes has been a primary consideration in the design and build.

"Hagan Homes reflect the needs of the modern day family and are designed to cater for changing needs as families grow."

Last month the company announced a £4.5m development of 35 homes in Dunmurry.

Building on 2.3-acre Willow Park in Dunmurry has already started, with 50 workers from Eden Contractors on site, and will take up to 18 months.

Elsewhere, Kirk Bryson & Co Ltd, which includes Belfast multi-millionaire and KFC tycoon Michael Herbert as a director, is planning three luxury housing projects in Belfast.

It is transforming a vacant site on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast into a 53-home development called Rose Park.

It is also developing Parklands, an apartment project in Knocknagoney featuring 104 units - 18 one-bedroom, 83 two-bedroom and three three-bedroom.

And there is a 19-home development on Newtownabbey's Antrim Road.

Meanwhile, house prices here continued to rise last month, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

But in an interview last year, Mr Hagan said the biggest issue facing the sector here was a lack of young people getting into construction.

"There is no workforce. So many people in construction have gotten out of it, and the average age on our sites would be around 50," he explained.

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