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The Glenmona site

The Glenmona site

The Glenmona site

More than 650 new social and ‘affordable’ homes could be built in Belfast, according to new plans.

Braidwater has submitted plans for a £95m scheme at a 75 acre site beside the Glen Road in west Belfast, known as ‘Glenmona’.

It says Apex Housing Association will be responsible for the management of the completed social rented homes. Affordable housing for sale will also be offered by The Braidwater Group to first time buyers or people who are currently not in home ownership.

The scheme includes 656 homes, 550 of which will be social housing a further 106 ‘affordable housing’. Developers say the scheme will also include two care homes, a neighbourhood retail centre, a hotel, office and business space and children’s play areas.

“This is an exciting step forward for this very large-scale project which we have been working on in pre-planning for over a year,” Finbarr Grogan, planning and technical director of The Braidwater Group, said.

“There is high demand for social and affordable housing in this area and we have had a positive engagement process with all key stakeholders, which we believe will result in a scheme that will work for the whole community in West Belfast.

“At this time, it is crucial to try and keep the economy moving forward and we recognise the vast effort of our professional team in finalising a complex planning application remotely during the coronavirus lockdown.

“We are also very pleased and grateful that Belfast City Council and its planning team is able to begin to process this application, among the many other priorities and challenges it is facing at the moment. We are delighted the council was able to adapt normal working procedures and practices to remotely accept and validate such a major application so quickly in the current environment.”