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New social housing scheme for Sion Mills

An artist’s impression of the new homes due to be constructed in Sion Mills.

PLANS are in progress for a new social housing development in Sion Mills which could be under construction as early as next year.

The Tyrone-based Rural Housing Association are proposing to build 14 new homes on land along Lismore Park close to the junction with Primrose Park.

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This week, they unveiled an artist’s impression of the new development and say they have begun consultations with the public from next month.

According to a recent report from the Housing Executive, there are 62 applicants on the waiting list in Sion Mills, with 33 said to be in ‘housing stress’.

The proposal, will see 14 houses with a mix of one, two and three bed properties.
A spokesperson for the Rural Housing Association said, “Sion Mills has an established housing need for social housing and has proved to be one of the most sought after locations in the Derry and

Strabane Council Area with available housing failing to meet the demands of the waiting lists.”

“The proposed 0.35 hectare site, which was previously used as a contractor’s yard, has now been cleared with only small remnants of an original cottage remaining on the site.

“This cottage is identified on the 1846 – 1862 Ordinance Survey and we believe it contributes significantly to the historical character of the site and therefore our proposal is to replicate its unique form and character across the site… dwellings are oriented to maximise shelter, solar gain and minimise circulation space.”

The association is currently conducting a public consultation exercise with local residents which is to conclude with a public information night to be held late July 2017.

They hope to submit the planning application in August with a view to starting onsite before the end of March 2018.

The scheme will be part funded by the Northern Ireland Executive delivered through the Department for Communities and the remainder made up by private finance sourced by Rural Housing Association.

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