Town has got 26 social housing units in four years

Cameron Watt, Chief Executive of NIFHA, with the Chairman of the Housing Executive Donald Hoodless, and Minister Storey, announcing the development figures at an Apex site on North Queen Street, Belfast.

Cameron Watt, Chief Executive of NIFHA, with the Chairman of the Housing Executive Donald Hoodless, and Minister Storey, announcing the development figures at an Apex site on North Queen Street, Belfast.

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Lurgan has benefited from 26 new social housing units over the past four years, according to the Social Development Minister.

The houses at Lake St were built by OakleeTrinity and were among 156 new homes delivered in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area.

Minister Mervyn Storey MLA, said housing associations have exceeded the delivery targets set by the NI Executive through the Programme for Government

In the four years since 2011/12 6,101 new social homes have been delivered and 3,965 affordable homes provided through Co-ownership.

More than £300m of private finance has been secured by housing associations to make government grant go further and provide just over 10,000 new social and affordable homes.

In the last year two years 57 social and affordable homes have been delivered in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area. These include the 26 new houses on Lake Street, Lurgan, built by OakleeTrinity.

Welcoming the Minister’s announcement, Cameron Watt Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations, said: “Local housing associations have a strong track record of delivering social and affordable housing for Northern Ireland.

I am delighted that with partners our members have not only met the 2014/15 targets but also exceeded pledges from the NI Executive to provide 6,000 new social homes and 2,000 affordable homes over four years.

“The 2014/15 targets required housing associations to increase by nearly 60% from the previous year the number of new homes started. In achieving this target our sector has demonstrated our commitment to fulfilling a growing role in meeting housing need.

“Of course huge challenges remain. However working closely with partners in government and the Housing Executive, housing associations can continue to deliver many more great homes and help build thriving communities.”

Niall Sheridan, Group Director of Operations at OakleeTrinity Housing Association, said: “OakleeTrinity Housing Association is proud to have made a contribution to meeting the SHDP 2014/15 programme targets.

“These good quality affordable homes will make a difference to people’s lives. At OakleeTrinity we remain committed to proactively contributing to building sustainable communities.”