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Former Ministry of Defence properties to be used for social and affordable housing

Tracy Meharg, permanent secretary of the Department for Communities. Picture by Mal McCann

ALMOST 60 disused former Ministry of Defence (MoD) properties are to be refurbished into social and affordable housing.

The homes at Mountview Drive and Skyline Drive in Lisburn have been transferred by Stormont officials to Clanmil housing association.

They will become 30 houses for people on the social housing waiting list and 29 homes for sale.

Stormont's collapse in 2017 had delayed the transfer of the properties from the Department for Communities (DfC) to Clanmil.

DfC said Westminister legislation enacted last year – which aimed to clarify the scope of decision-making powers in the absence of ministers – "provided a vehicle that facilitated the transfer".

Tracy Meharg, DfC permanent secretary, said: "The use of former MoD homes like this is an excellent example of how former public sector assets can help tackle disadvantage and dereliction, and improve the quality of life for people of all ages who live in this area."

Clare McCarty, group chief executive of Clanmil , said: "We've previously refurbished 36 houses in Mountview Drive so we know they make fantastic family homes and we're really looking forward to seeing more families moving in and making these homes their own."

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