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Service homes near Belfast to be turned into shared housing

Published 05/02/2016

The Ministry of Defence says the disposal value of the sites is an estimated £3.5m
The Ministry of Defence says the disposal value of the sites is an estimated £3.5m

Properties handed over to the Northern Ireland Executive by the Ministry of Defence will be turned into shared housing.

The 59 premises near Belfast were used to house soldiers and their families but will be transferred to and developed by Clanmil Housing Association, a spokeswoman for the Department for Social Development (DSD) said.

The spokeswoman added: " This proposal is based on the model adopted for the previous 36 properties purchased by Clanmil that has been developed with local community and elected representatives and which will bring empty homes back into use, providing homes to address housing need."

The properties were used for housing soldiers and their relatives during the conflict when there was a much larger security presence in Northern Ireland. The handover forms part of the previous government's commitments to help build a prosperous and united community.

It is intended that legalities will be completed by late spring 2016, with the disposal value of the sites estimated at £3.5 million as at April 2014, an MoD written statement to Parliament said.

The DSD added: "It is planned that these will be transferred to and developed by Clanmil Housing Association as a mixed tenure shared housing development."

Another 605 units of surplus service family accommodation that cannot be gifted for security and training reasons inside the perimeters of bases at Aldergrove, Ballykinler and Holywood, costing a total of £3.6 million, will be demolished.

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