Northern Ireland housing scheme will be 'biggest since 2008 property crash'
Almost 1,000 homes are to be constructed in Co Down in a new £50m development.
Situated in Comber, the ambitious 900-strong housing scheme will be one of the largest building projects to commence in Northern Ireland since the crash of 2008.
The development will be carried out by Hagan Homes, one of Northern Ireland's leading building contractors, and will be among their biggest ever contracts. The company has built more than 4,000 homes across Northern Ireland.
The first quarter of 2018 saw the highest number of new dwelling starts (1,961) and completions (1,713) here in eight years.
Approximately 50 construction jobs will be created during the first phase of the project located off the Newtownards Road.
This phase will be on release for sale on June 1, with 17 houses on the market with prices starting from £149,950.
Construction of the 900 three and four-bedroom homes on the 112-acre Enler Village site started in January.
The overall development is scheduled to be handed over by next June.
Once completed, Hagan Homes says that the site will also include a business park, nursing home, sheltered accommodation, creche and retail units with linked pedestrian facilities to Comber town centre, a decorative focal monument on Coarse Hill and extended saltmarsh.
Jamesy Hagan, managing director of Ballyclare-based Hagan Homes, said: "We are absolutely delighted to announce the exciting plans for our largest ever development.
"Enler Village offers residents the opportunity to live in the desirable country village atmosphere of Comber and avail of the abundance of amenities, facilities and activities available there.
"Enler Village is a thoughtfully laid out development ensuring privacy within a setting full of charm and character.
"These beautifully designed three and four bedroom homes all benefit from our high quality and stylish turnkey package, including an elegant, fully-fitted kitchen and modern bathroom suite, meaning you have little to do once you move in."
The first phase of a £4.5m development by Hagan Homes in Carrickfergus was scheduled for completion this spring.
This project was expected to create 50 construction jobs, with prices starting from £114,950.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Hagan said that the development was "a further sign of rejuvenation in the construction sector".
A further 289 new homes have also been earmarked for a site at Bashforde Park Village, in the Co Antrim town, comprising of detached, semi-detached houses and townhouses as well as apartments with plans for a community building and play park.
Also in Co Down, Carryduff firm Fraser Houses hopes to build 1,000 properties off Movilla Road in Newtownards. The Rivenwood project is expected to create 500 jobs and take between 10 and 12 years to complete.