Housing Associations today provided details of two major new housing projects in Derry.
Apex Housing Association have already started work along the Skeoge area to construct 197 new homes.
These will include 75 two bedroom and 59 three-bedroom lifetime houses. There will also be 30 one-bedroom apartments, and one home especially adapted for a wheelchair user or users.
A further 32 two-bedroom apartments will be built with elderly people in mind.
The groundworks on site began several weeks ago and the estimated completion date for all these homes is now March 2017.
Meanwhile Fold Housing Association confirmed that they were “delighted to be delivering additional much needed social housing adjacent to our exciting properties in Derry-Londonderry.”
A spokeswoman said: “We are particularly excited that we are delivering this in partnership with Braidwater through our design and build project.
“It will see the construction of 70 new, high quality family homes.
“We plan to be on site to commence construction in next couple of months and hope that the first of our families will be moving into their new homes by Summer 2016.”
She added that Fold were “committed to helping alleviate housing stress”.
“We always looking for more opportunities to build much needed homes across Northern Ireland,” she said.
Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the announcement of the new social homes in the Skeoge lands.
Colr Hassan, who is also housing spokesperson for Sinn Fein, said : “This is a good news story for social housing provision in Derry and for the hundreds of people on the waiting list.
“The number of people waiting for a home in the city has increased dramatically over the past few years.
“These new homes will go some way to alleviating that problem.”
Outline planning permission for a total of 1,600 new homes along the Skeoge lands behind Galliagh was granted earlier this year.