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Work starts on £3.5m east Belfast apartments development

By John Mulgrew

Work has begun on a £3.5m housing development in east Belfast.

The Hagan Homes scheme is based at the Upper Newtownards Road. It will see 30 two-bedroom apartments on the 1.6-acre site, and will take up nine months to complete. Around 50 construction jobs will be created. Jamesy Hagan, managing director of Hagan Homes, said: "We are delighted to announce our plans for the new housing development on Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast. It is a clear indication of Hagan Homes' confidence in the local market and a further sign of rejuvenation in the construction sector."

Meanwhile, Communities Minister Paul Givan has visited Bangor as construction gets under way on the second phase of 179 homes at Rathgill Parade.

It's being funded in part by £10.9m from the Department for Communities through the NI Housing Executive, with Fold Housing Association providing £9.3m through private finance.

Mr Givan said: "It is a great pleasure for me to once again visit north Down to see this exciting and significant new phase of social housing.

"This development is another example of how my department, the NI Housing Executive and housing associations are working hard to meet housing demand in this popular area."

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