Local stakeholders gathered at Carnany Drive in Ballymoney to cut the first sod at a new £1m development by local association Alpha Housing, delivering five new family homes to the area.
The investment of nearly £1m will deliver four 2 bedroom homes and one bespoke Bungalow with two bedrooms, adapted and fully equipped for wheelchair access. The development is in partnership with the Department for Communities, which is providing a grant of £548,607 through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The new homes are due to be completed by Summer 2024, with work carried out by local construction company DB Contracts.
Cutting the sod at Carnany Drive, Causeway Coast and Glens Mayor Steven Callaghan said: “On behalf of Council, I welcome this new development, which should help alleviate some of the pressure on housing waiting lists and meet the needs of the local community.
“I am delighted that work is now underway to deliver these much-needed affordable homes, which is great news for families looking to settle in the Ballymoney area.”
James Wright, Development Director at Alpha Housing commented: “There is an increasing demand for social housing in the Causeway Coast and Glens area, where housing waiting lists are at an all-time high. We are pleased to mark the start of construction on these new family homes in Ballymoney and to help address the lack of affordable housing in the local area.
“At Alpha we are committed to delivering exceptional homes and challenging perceptions around the quality and standard of social housing. Society has changed in Northern Ireland over the past number of years and as a result so too have housing requirements, we are dedicated to meeting these evolving needs and catering to a variety of tenants, including those with accessibility requirements.”
To date, Alpha Housing continues to invest in building new homes in Northern Ireland and this announcement follows the commencement of a new £2.2m development, Parkhead Close in Newry, providing 10 family homes in the area. In December 2022, Alpha opened a £2.1 million state-of-the-art development for independent older people in the County Antrim village of Broughshane