Belfast Telegraph

£1.7m social housing project launched in Newtownabbey

A £1.7m social housing project has launched in Newtownabbey.

The Choice Housing Whitewell Road scheme will deliver 12 new homes in the north Belfast area.

Scheduled for completion in April 2019, it will accommodate up to 44 people and include the latest in energy saving, design and security features.

The development is set on a 0.75 acre site at the former St Ninian's Parish Church. The church, which closed its doors to the public in June 2015, was recently demolished to give way to eight two-bedroom houses and four three-bedroom houses.

The project is funded through a mix of private financing secured by Choice Housing and grants from the Department for Communities.

It is designed by Rolston Architects, with key contractor Geda Construction looking after building work.

Michael McDonnell, group chief executive of Choice Housing, said: "This important scheme will bring much needed family homes to the Whitewell area of Newtownabbey, at a time when demand is high.

"It is good news particularly for those who are on the waiting list.

"This is a site that we have worked hard to secure."

Belfast Telegraph

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