Investment Plans outlined for Lisburn & Castlereagh
Published: Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Senior staff recently met Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for an update on our plans for the next four years and to report on last year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment during 2017/18 in the area to support the delivery of new homes.
£16.34 million will also be invested in upgrading and maintaining our properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.
Through our landlord and regional services last year we invested £34.31 million in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building of new houses to rent.
Staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councilors, during which they highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year.
Across Northern Ireland, we channeled some £81million into services to help the most vulnerable which included £8.3 million on homelessness and £73 million through its Supporting People programme.
In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 25,100 homes with a direct investment of £85.3 million in these homes.
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support with £12 million spent through grants and over £15 million in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the presentation to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Clark Bailie, our Chief Executive, said: “Our Housing Investment Plan was informed by a range of stakeholders and developed as a comprehensive conversation piece for the whole housing sector in Northern Ireland.
“The Housing Executive works hard to maintain a good working relationship with Belfast City Council and it is important this continues.
“As the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland we have prepared this plan to inform the community planning partnership on the state of the housing market, on housing needs, the policy priorities and public sector investment proposals for 2015-19.
“Lots of work needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and provide support for the most vulnerable in our community – we will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently and effectively.
Maintaining our housing stock is a priority and this year in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area we will spend £5.79 million on planned and response maintenance to our homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 282 homes, heating insulation in 349 homes and double glazing in 159 homes.
Next year we plan to invest almost £4.4 million on capital works completing improvement works to a further 524 homes.
There will also be a significant investment in the replacement of flat roofs that are reaching the end of their useful life.
During 2016/19, in partnership with housing associations, around 191 new homes are planned throughout the city.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2017/18 we will invest over £4.32 million for housing support services.
We currently fund 69 accommodation based services for 1,260 service users in the LCCC area as well as 4 floating support services for 124 service users.
We continue to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes to support people living in their own home for longer.
Last year we approved 42 disabled facilities grants and a small number of repair and renovation grants totaling £523k.
Speaking at the presentation, our Regional Manager for Lisburn & Castlereagh, Jennifer Hawthorne said; “Our Lisburn & Castlereagh teams provide a high quality, dedicated housing service to the area.
“Working alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams, we provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“We are committed to investing in the Lisburn & Castlereagh area to improve the lives of people in our community.
“There was a very positive engagement at the meeting and it also provided an opportunity for discussion around fire safety, given the recent fire at Coolmoyne House high rise accommodation.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and officers of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council for their support for the Housing Executive - we look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest over the coming year.”