Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

200 homes to be built on former Belfast army base

Two hundred low cost homes are to be built on a former army base in north Belfast, it was revealed today.

The £20 million investment is at Girdwood Barracks, next to Crumlin Road gaol.

It is one of the biggest new social and affordable housing developments in Northern Ireland in recent years.

Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said: "Windows and washing lines replacing watchtowers and sangers offers a much brighter future for everyone in the area."

He said it will be a tremendous housing boost for the people of North Belfast.

He added: "It will also provide the best opportunity in a generation to make real progress in meeting housing need across north Belfast."

There are also regeneration plans for the lower Shankill and lower Oldpark and the commencement of a £4 million scheme to build 40 homes in Somervale, North Belfast.

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