Roy Beggs MLA, who has been pressing for investment in supported living accommodation at the former Greenisland House site, has welcomed the Planning progress that has been made in enabling development on the site.
Roy Beggs said, “Trinity Housing Association has to be praised for the progress that has been made in gaining planning approval for supported housing on the former Greenisland House site. The community recognition of the importance of supportive housing and the sympathetic nature of the planning application is evident as no letters of objection had been lodged with the Planners. I welcome the decision by the Planners to recommend that full planning consent would be granted for the Greenisland House redevelopment”.
Roy Beggs MLA had also pressed the Housing Executive to ensure that a Housing Association would be appointed to develop the site and that the supportive housing proposal at Greenisland House would be included in the current Capital Projects Programme.
In conclusion Roy Beggs said, “I am pleased that Trinity Housing Association have been successful in developing a successful planning application on the site of the former Greenisland House. With the project already included in the NIHE Social Housing Development Programme, I would hope that contractors can now be appointed by Trinity Housing Association and that the work on the site will be able to commence before very long”.
It is important that a range of options are available for the growing older
population: nursing care, residential accommodation, supportive living, sheltered housing and domiciliary care. I have been concerned that there has been inadequate supportive living accommodation in the East Antrim area.
Barn Halt supportive living has proved to be very popular with the residents who are located there and indeed I understand that there is a waiting list.
I hope that it will not be too long before additional supported living accommodation will be available in the Greenisland area.