Adria site to be developed for the benefit of Strabane

A SPOKESPERSON for Habinteg, the housing association set to build new homes at the former Adria site, says the company will develop it “for the benefit of the whole community.”

This week Habinteg Housing Association submitted a Planning Application Notice for a social housing development comprising around 160 units in a mix of dwellings and apartments, live/work units, community facility with crèche and access arrangements from Beechmount Road.

To that end, a public information event is to take place next month in Strabane and, all going to plan, works are expected to begin in March next year.

Initially announced late last year, the project was welcomed by local residents and politicians alike, amid ongoing concerns about antisocial behaviour and damage in the area.

A Habinteg spokesperson said, “We are delighted to be contributing to the regeneration of Strabane, transforming the former Adria site and bringing it back into use for the benefit of the whole community.

“The project represents a major investment in the area over a significant time period and though still in very early stages, a design team has been appointed and a prior application notice submitted to the local planning authority. 

“We are working closely with the Housing Executive regarding the final housing mix, with a proposed development providing new affordable homes for families and older people, along with a number of commercial and business units. We are working towards submission of a planning application in September of this year with a proposed start on-site in March 2020 for the first phase of development.

“We welcome public interest in this project and will be holding a free and open information event between 3-7pm, on June 14 at the Melvin Sports Complex. Strabane. Anybody interested in the scheme can call in, see the proposed concept plans and speak to the Design Team and our staff regarding the project. Further details will be made available over the next couple of weeks.”

Welcoming the plans the newly elected Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Cllr Michaela Boyle added, “The urgent need for additional social housing in Strabane is an issue I along with my Sinn Féin colleague Brian McMahon have been lobbying the Housing Executive and liaising with Habinteg on for some considerable time.

“So we would ask the community to show support for these proposals and would ask as many as possible to attend a consultation into the proposals which will be held in Melvin.”

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