is preparing to commence a consultation process for the creation of a new
social and affordable housing development at the former St. Patrick's Barracks
site in Ballymena.
- 22nd June 2020
is proposing the creation of approximately 140 new homes on the site; along
with associated roads infrastructure, landscaping, children's play park and
other ancillary works.
led regeneration of the former St Patrick’s Barracks site is being taken forward by the
Department for Communities, with Radius Housing leading with the housing
element which forms a key part of the wider St Patrick’s Barracks masterplan. The scheme is part of the NI
Programme for Government Shared Housing Programme ‘Housing for All’.
phase of the regeneration marks an investment of approximately £20million, 50% of which is funded by the Department
for Communities and 50% through private finance raised by Radius.
the project, Anita Conway, Director of Development at Radius Housing, said “Radius Housing is delighted to be involved in this
large housing led strategic project which we believe will positively benefit
the Ballymena community and beyond. We are pleased that recently introduced
regulations will allow major planning applications to be progressed and
determined during the COVID-19 pandemic and are embracing a new online digital
consultation process for our exciting rejuvenation proposals.”
Minister Carál Ni Chulín said: “We are aiming with the regeneration of the former St
site in Ballymena to create a place which is truly people-orientated and can generate
economic and social benefits for the wider area. The creation of new social and
affordable homes is a significant and key part of our plans. I would encourage everyone to give their views on the
proposed plans. By creating homes where people are able to thrive we will
breathe new life into the area for the benefit of everyone.”
consultation will be launched in the coming weeks via a dedicated website,
details of this will be made available to the public through the local press
and leaflet distribution. Following the completion of the consultation process
Radius hope to submit a full planning application in late summer 2020.
This is the
latest development project for Radius Housing, a leading housing association
which manages more than 13,000 homes in Northern Ireland and aims to construct
more than 400 new social and affordable homes every year. Radius recently
secured a private finance investment of £105m, which will support these ambitious plans to
deliver new homes and communities across Northern Ireland.
On the overall
masterplan for the regeneration of the former St Patrick’s Barrack’s site, the Department for Communities and Radius
Housing are collaboratively working across many parties including the Northern
Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Regional College, Department for
Infrastructure, PSNI and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.