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Plans for 650 homes at site of former St Patrick's training school in west Belfast

The Braidwater Group has confirmed it is moving ahead with a consultation process for social and affordable housing on the 85-acre Glenmona site in west Belfast.
Gareth McKeown

A LEADING house builder in the north has announced plans to develop 650 homes at the former St Patrick's training school site in west Belfast.

The Braidwater Group has confirmed it is moving ahead with a consultation process for social and affordable housing

on the 85-acre Glenmona site on the Glen Road.

Glenmona comprises a substantial block of largely undeveloped land, which has outline planning consent for mixed use development including; residential units, retail space, care homes, employment and educational uses.

Outlining its plans for the vast site, Braidwater said it hopes to create a mixed-use urban village, with a variety of social and affordable housing, along with a mix of commercial and community facilities supported by extensive public transport linkages.

Vincent Bradley, development director of The Braidwater Group believes they have the resources, experience and expertise to deliver a "positive future" for Glenmona.

"We will submit plans for approximately 650 new homes and estimate that we will obtain planning approval in September 2020. We would hope to commence building in late 2020," he said.

"Glenmona will deliver social and affordable housing to meet extensive demand in the area and, once finished, it will support the creation of a large number of local jobs."

Apex Housing Association will be responsible for the management of the completed social rented homes and will also provide affordable housing for sale to first time buyers or those who are not in home ownership.

Sheena McCallion, CEO of Apex Housing Association added:

“We look forward to the completion of this development given the acute shortage of quality accommodation in this part of Belfast and the increasing number of families and singles in housing stress."

Located in Eglinton and with operations throughout Northern Ireland, The Braidwater Group has over 40 years' experience in the industry. The company currently has eight live developments, with close to 1,000 private and social homes in construction across the north.

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