£20m Northern Ireland housing development could create 60 jobs

The Rosemount development in Carryduff

The Rosemount development in Carryduff

More than 100 new homes are to be built outside Belfast in a £20m project by one of Northern Ireland’s biggest construction firms. Rosemount Homes, part of the Lagan Construction Group, is planning to develop 112 properties in Carryduff.

The company is headed by chief executive Kevin Anthony Lagan.

The development is due to include 36 detached homes, 66 semi-detached and 10 apartments.

Plans also include garages, car parking, open space area and an equipped children’s play area.

The scheme is set to be located close to the Ballynahinch Road.

Daniel McConkey, development director, of Rosemount Homes Ltd, told the Belfast Telegraph: “Rosemount Homes, part of Lagan Construction Group, recently submitted a planning application for 112 dwellings at Ballynahinch Road, Carryduff.

“The proposed development will provide a mix of detached, semi-detached and apartments and includes provision for open space, landscaping and an equipped children’s play area.

“The application follows a lengthy period of public consultation with the local community by Rosemount Homes.

“If approved, this scheme will provide a quality residential development.

“It will represent a significant investment that will provide jobs for the local community as well as much-needed new housing in a highly desirable location.

“We have experienced a strong demand for new homes in easy commuting distance to Belfast city centre with our other developments in Carrickfergus and Comber.”

According to a design statement from planners, the scheme is expected to be worth around £20m, and will create up to 60 jobs during construction. Elsewhere, Rosemount Homes is also developing Ballyhenry Manor in Comber, Co Down, which includes 57 properties.

Construction is under way on the first nine dwellings, which will be finished in September.

Prices for the houses range from just under £153,000 for a three-bed semi-detached to just under £210,000 for a four-bedroomed detached house.

Earlier this year Aaron Russell of estate agent Collier New Homes NI said there was significant interest in the developments.

The firm has also developed a new series of properties in Carrickfergus. Marlborough Manor, based at North Road, is a new development of 12 detached and 12 semi-detached homes with brick Georgian exteriors.

Meanwhile, according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank residential market survey, indicators for house enquiries, prices, and expectations had all been positive in June.

The Northern Ireland housing market performed better than expected during the first half of the year, shrugging off political uncertainty and slow economic growth.

And newly agreed sales also increased in June, according to Northern Ireland surveyors, after decreasing in May.

But the rate of properties coming onto the market slowed down during June, according to the survey, suggesting that supply issues are persisting as some people put off moving out of their homes.

The latest Northern Ireland House Price Index from Land and Property Services and Nisra reported a standardised house price for the province of £124,007 for the first quarter of the year.

That was down 0.8% on the previous quarter, but up 4.3% year on year.

Meanwhile, just last month a huge housing development with around 500 homes was given the green light for Co Down.

Planning permission was given for the £70m plans from Lagan Homes to build more than 480 family homes at Millmount Village on the outskirts of Dundonald.

There are already 123 properties built at the site, just off the Comber Road. It’s understood the work is due to be completed in the next three to four years.

Planning permission for the reserved matters application was secured by Turley planning consultants.

Article by John Mulgrew from Belfast Telegraph