McCausland announces 4,600 new social homes
Published: Thur, 26 Apr 2012
Plans to build 4,600 new social homes across Northern Ireland have been announced by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland.
The Social Housing Development Programme for 2012/13 to 2014/15 sets out plans to build 4,600 new homes for rent, using government funding of £268 million combined with match funding from the housing association movement. Work has already started to deliver the first 1,325 new homes this year.
Minister McCausland said, “The Executive’s Programme for Government set a target of 8,000 social and affordable homes by 2015 and this social housing programme keeps us firmly on course to achieve this.
“The provision of high quality, energy efficient housing is a key priority for my department. This new programme has been directed at the widest possible range of general and supported housing needs throughout all parts of Northern Ireland and will make a significant difference to the lives of a great many people.”
“This level of investment also represents a huge boost for the local construction industry and will be a major contributor in helping to grow our economy. We already know that for every £1 invested in construction, almost £3 is generated elsewhere and that every £1m of investment supports 12 jobs - seven directly and five indirectly.”
“The new building programme I am announcing today is aimed at bringing long term housing benefits for those who need it most.”
You can access the full Social Housing Development Programme (SHDP) online at www.nihe.gov.uk/housing_need. Each scheme is listed individually with details of location, need group and number of houses planned. If you want a detailed report of the plans for your area you can go to http://shdp.nihe.gov.uk/Detailed-Search.aspx and select the criteria you want from the dropdown menu. This will produce a PDF report.
Current plans for houses to rent are to start 1,325 in 2012/13, 1,275 in 2013/14 and 2,000 in 2014/15. All will be delivered through the housing association movement under the direction of the Housing Executive.