Social housing planned on former Chapel site

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The vacant site formerly occupied by Harryville Chapel is to be developed for social housing.

The Clanmil development, to be known as Wakehurst Court, will provide 48 dwelling units laid out as 12 terraced dwellings and 36 apartments.

Commenting on the development, Robin Swann, the Ulster Unionist MLA stated: “I know from requests made to my office that there remains a very high demand for high quality social housing in the Harryville area particularly for over 55’s and those with disabilities.

“This is a welcome development of the site which has remained derelict for some years and the way in which the developers have sought to engage with local representatives is to be welcomed.”

Harryville Partnership Initiative representative Cyril Rainey has also welcomed the engagement of the developers.

“As a group we are very keen to see any development deliver for local people and we are delighted that this developer has followed the example of others and sought to engage with the community on the issue of securing employment opportunities for local people. It is essential that we give young people the opportunity to learn a trade and develop their skills locally and this site and others make that a reality.”

The developers will hold an information evening in the Harryville Partnership offices to offer the communit a chance to meet and ask and questions about the details of the site and the construction. Local residents will be informed of the date.