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Beginning of a new chapter for the Village - McCausland

Housing Minister Nelson McCausland has opened the first 3.5million phase of a major housing regeneration project in the Village area of south Belfast.
Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Minister was on site to officially open 37 new homes just completed by Fold Housing Association. The new houses are the first of 114 new homes being built by Fold to replace those demolished as part of a major regeneration plan for the area. A second phase of 50 homes is due to complete by December 2013, with a third phase of 27 homes due to start in early 2014.

Visiting the new housing scheme, Minister McCausland said: “The completion of the first phase of this major housing investment in this historic area of south Belfast is the start of a brighter future for the people of the Village. It is an exciting time for the local community, welcoming back many of the residents who used to live here.

“I am proud that the Executive through my Department could contribute £2.5million towards the construction of the £3.5million first phase. Replacing poor quality housing with bright, modern homes is an important first step in supporting and sustaining this community. A total of 114 new quality homes will be built in the Village across three phases removing dereliction and reversing years of decline in the area.”

He continued: “This new housing, with a mix of different sizes of housing and apartments, will bring with it an enhanced community profile and vibrancy which means better long term sustainability for the whole area.

“The Village has a well deserved proud reputation and completion of this first phase is testament to the hard work of everyone involved, not least the local community. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for the entire Village area with the areas’ revival going from strength to strength as we see further regeneration come to fruition.”

Fold’s Chief Executive, John McLean commented at the opening of Phase 1 of the Village Regeneration Area, "Fold is delighted to be part of the regeneration of the Village. As we mark the completion of the first 37 homes in this project, we are looking forward to completing a further 50 units in phase 2 by the end of December 2013. We then move to Phase 3 with the commencement of 27 new homes. We are also refurbishing and restoring nine existing properties, these are due for completion in January 2014. After this we will refurbish a further 13 properties, retaining their traditional character whilst providing well designed homes for smaller families and singles.

"Though the collaborative approach with the design team, community, DSD and the NIHE, we have managed to reinvigorate this important and historical neighbourhood within South Belfast.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Phase 1 consisted of the construction of 37 homes at Ebor Street/Frenchpark Street and comprises:
    · 10 x 5 person, 3 bedroom houses
    · 4 x 4 person, 3 bedroom houses
    · 1 x 6 person, 4 bedroom house
    · 14 x 3 person, 2 bedroom houses
    · 8 x 3 person, 2 bedroom apartments
  2. Total scheme cost was £3.5million, including land purchase, construction and associated on costs. The Department for Social Development contributed £2.5million in Housing Association Grant, with Fold Housing Association contributing £1.0million through private financing.
  3. Photos can be viewed later today on the DSD Flickr page
  4. 4. All Media Queries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9233 or out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be returned.