Plans have been submitted for Belfast Harbour’s first social housing project


A new affordable housing scheme has been proposed for City Quays. The Belfast Telegraph reported that this would be part of the ongoing rejuvenation of Belfast’s historic Sailortown community.

They stated: “Marking the first ever social housing scheme by Belfast Harbour, the planned development of 71 homes spans two sites at Pilot Street and Corporation Street.

“The Pilot Street site is currently a vacant lot used for storage, while the Corporation Street location was formerly the base of rope and cable manufacturer J McCready & Co.”

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Delivering high quality social housing

According to the Belfast Harbour website, the developers will work with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the local community to ensure the proposed make up and quality of the homes meets high sustainability standards and delivers high-quality internal and external communal amenity space for residents on both ground floor and upper floor levels.

The affordable housing proposals follow Belfast Harbour’s submission in December of a planning application for its City Quays 4 building, which seeks to create 256 new build-to-rent apartments on a vacant site on Donegal Quay between the M3 bridge and the AC by Marriott Hotel.

Meeting the ‘pressing’ need for affordable housing

Kevin Ryan, Development Director at Belfast Harbour said: “This proposal for 71 affordable new homes in Pilot Street and Corporation Street represents a contribution of approximately 28% of the Build to Rent accommodation planned at City Quays 4, providing a combined total of 327 new homes. It is our hope that these new homes will help address some of the live and pressing need for affordable housing, including social rented homes, for families and individuals in Belfast.

“Belfast Harbour is committed to playing its part in supporting and further developing the vibrancy of the local communities on our doorstep, such as Sailortown, working with them on regeneration efforts that build on the strong community spirit and their pride in the area.

“We will be consulting with the local community as the scheme progresses through the planning system and would encourage all interested parties to provide their feedback on the proposals.”

Work on the affordable housing project is expected to commence in 2024, subject to planning permission being granted. Work to secure a housing association partner to operate the scheme is currently underway.

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