Work starts on new Northland Rd homes

Social housing construction site on the Northland Road Derry. DER0116GS992
Social housing construction site on the Northland Road Derry. DER0116GS992

Construction work has begun on almost 80 new social homes in the Northland Road area of Derry, with hundreds more in the pipeline at other sites across the city.

The Housing Executive last night confirmed that the new housing project, situated in a prime spot near some of the city’s largest call centres and along one of Derry’s main routes, is expected to be completed by the Spring of 2017.

A spokesperson from the Housing Executive told the Journal last night: “We can confirm a site for social housing is being developed at Northland Road, Derry-Londonderry by our housing association partner, Clanmil Housing.

“This development will provide 76 new homes and it is anticipated the development will be completed Spring 2017.”

She added: “A variety of general needs housing will be provided including 15 one-bed apartments; 37 two-bed apartments; 10 three-bed houses and 4 two-bed houses.

“There will be 10 two-bed apartments for the active elderly.”

The HE spokeswoman said there was “a robust development programme planned” for the are serviced by its Collon Terrace office, including the housing projects currently under way at Skeoge.

“This includes,” she added, “360 homes currently on-site and a further 24 programmed to start in 2015/16 (this includes 16 for supported housing).

“In 2016/17 there are 346 homes programmed to start and in the following year (2017/18) 294 are programmed to start.”

There are currently over 2,000 families and single people assessed as homeless or living in stress.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Tony Hassan, last week called for a radical shake-up to end the social housing crisis in Derry during 2016.

Councillor Hassan issued a call for the potential of the H2 site along the Buncrana Road to be unlocked in the New Year to help those deemed either homeless or in housing stress,

He also called for more finance to build housing.

The Housing Executive’s current remit involves assess housing need and managing the delivery of the social housing development programme.

The Housing Executive also undertakes housing needs assessment annually across all council areas.

The purpose of such assessment is to examine supply and demand; identify where gaps exist and to project what’s required over a five year period. It is used to formulate the Social Housing Development Programme.

The role of housing associations is to bring forward sites in areas where housing need has been identified.