Derry social home delivery highest in the north with 667 units in past three years and 900 more programmed

More social houses have been completed in Derry over the past three years than anywhere else in the north, according to figures released by the Minister for Communities Deirdre Hargey.

By Kevin Mullan
Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:56 pm
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey

Between 2018/19 and 2020/21, 697 social homes were delivered in the Foyle constituency.

This was much higher than the area with the next highest density of social housing development in the north which was North Antrim where 427 houses were completed.

Overall in the Belfast area, over the same three years, 881 social homes were delivered but more houses were delivered in the Foyle constituency than in any of the individual constituencies in the eastern city.

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In West Tyrone only 32 social houses were completed while in East Derry the figure was 89.

The 697 social houses completed in Derry accounted for 22 per cent of the 3,237 units delivered across the six counties. Thus, one in five social homes were delivered in Derry over the three years.

Ms. Hargey has also provided details of social housing units programmed to start as part of the Social Housing Development Programme for 2020/21 to 2022/23. No less than 28 developments under the aegis of Choice, Habinteg, Radius, Apex, Ark, Clanmil, South Ulster and Triangle, are programmed in Derry under the three-year programme.

Some of these are already on site. By 2025/26 it’s expected an additional 900 social homes will be delivered across Derry.

The biggest planned schemes are phase one of Apex’s planned development on the H2 lands on the Buncrana Road, due on site in 2022/23 (250 units); Radius’ proposed scheme on the Glassagh Road, also due on site next year (150 units); and the Radius Housing/Seán Dolan development, also on the Glassagh Road, that will deliver 119 units and is ready to go.

The housing minister confirmed that a further Social Housing Development Programme for 2021/22 to 2023/24 is being considered by her department.