Updated: 23 May 2017
New Social and Affordable Housing
During 2015/16, in partnership with housing associations, we exceeded the target of 1,500 new social housing starts, with an investment of £101m enabling work to be started on a total of 1,568 units. The high quality new homes currently under construction will help to meet a range of applicants’ needs for social housing, including those with general housing requirements (families and individuals) and people requiring specialist housing (such as clients with mental health issues, older people in need of care or housing support, vulnerable young people etc). We also recorded 1,209 new homes as completions in 2015/16, exceeding our anticipated figure of 1,200 units.
Some of the key schemes from the 2015/16 new build programme were:
- Clanmil Housing and Ark Housing will provide new facilities for frail elderly people at the former Grovetree and Ravara sites in West Belfast and Bangor respectively;
- Choice Housing started work on 106 new homes at the former Clifton School Site in Bangor;
- Fold Housing secured their third contract through the innovative Competitive Design & Build procurement route, which will breathe life into the former Peter Pan complex in Belfast, by providing 90 new social homes; and
- Housing associations successfully acquired a range of existing satisfactory and off-the-shelf properties, as well as properties for rehabilitation. These properties can deliver timely solutions for applicants in pressing housing need.
House and Land Sales
We continued to implement the House Sales Scheme, which provides an opportunity for tenants to own their home. During the year we sold 387 homes under the scheme compared to 471 the previous year, realising capital receipts of £13.9m.