Belfast Telegraph

Loughview set for £6m revamp

by Michael Bashford

Minister for Social Development, Alex Attwood has confirmed plans to invest £6m for the redevelopment of housing in the Loughview area of Holywood.

The redevelopment will see the vacant West Green flats demolished. They will be replaced by a more “sustainable mix of new accommodation”.

The Department of Social Development (DSD) said the flats have been vacant for a number of years and would have needed significant investment to modernise.

The plans will provide for a better layout in the estate and include measures to enable traffic to flow more easily as well as providing better parking facilities for existing and future residents alike once the new housing is in place.

Minister Attwood said: “This is an important day for the people of the Loughview estate.

“Work can now begin to revitalise the West Green area within the estate, bringing stability for neighbouring tenants as well as attracting new families into the area. At the same time this will help meet the demands of the housing waiting list, which reflects the need for this type of new housing mix.

“Home owners and residents alike within the Loughview estate will also benefit from this redevelopment by seeing their estate transformed.”

Last week’s announcement was made after Minister Attwood gave full approval to the Housing Executive's proposals to redevelop the West Green area.

The Housing Executive will now begin to contact all those directly affected by the demolition and redevelopment to outline exactly how they will be affected. An implementation plan will also be developed in consultation with the local community detailing how and when this work will be delivered.

The redevelopment work involves the demolition of 40 two-bedroom flats in two blocks at West Green.

When complete, the new housing will include 55 units comprising 35 townhouses and 20 new apartments.

North Down MLA Alex Easton welcomed the announcement.

“I have been campaigning, along with the local community association, for this to happen for the last several years and I believe that everybody on the estate will welcome it and it will lead to the revitalisation of the local community,” he said.

“I welcome this news which will go a long way to regenerate the West Green estate in Holywood.

“This money is much needed in order to better the area and enhance the well being of those currently living in the old flats.”

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