Plans filed for 250 new homes in Lisburn and Castlereagh
Almost 250 new homes are planned for the Lisburn and Castlereagh areas in two separate developments.
They include 110 dwellings in Carryduff by Fraser Homes and a project of almost 140 homes in Castlereagh by Johncorp Ltd.
A planning application for lands north of Ballymaconaghy Road in the Castlereagh area would bring 139 new homes - 65 detached, 58 semi-detached houses and 16 apartments.
The properties will be built on an eight-acre site that currently houses a dry ski slope, a golf driving range and existing dwellings.
The application is an updated version of original plans and details a reduction in the total number of homes earmarked for the area as shaped by pre-planning application events.
It also details improved accessibility as a response to more requests at pre-planning level during which local residents expressed concern over infrastructure issues.
Meanwhile, in Carryduff a planning application for a mix of 110 detached and semi-detached houses has been submitted.
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If they go ahead, the houses - which are to be developed by Fraser Homes - will be built at the south-east of Meadowvale Road and south of Alveston Drive.
It is believed the submission follows two pre-planning events for feedback.
The applications follow the release of Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) figures that showed construction activity in NI surged by 7.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to a year earlier.
Robert Gibson, director for audit and assurance at business advisory firm Grant Thornton, said the increase was "positive".
"Housing output, which is still considerably lower than historic levels, is anticipated to continue growing for some time with ground due to be broken on a number of key sites across Northern Ireland in the coming months."