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Market Development Association Involved in Plans for Major Gasworks Regeneration and Housing Project

CESI’s community partner, Market Development Association (MDA), has been involved in plans submitted for a major redevelopment and housing project at the Gasworks site in south Belfast.

CESI’s community partner, Market Development Association (MDA), has been involved in plans submitted for a major redevelopment and housing project at the Gasworks site in south Belfast which would see the construction of 94 new homes, and future plans for new commercial, tourist and community facilities. The hybrid application, submitted by Belfast City Council and Radius Housing, aims to drive regeneration in the Gasworks and Market area, with a focus on the social housing development in the first phase.

The proposal, which is set across four pieces of land on Gasworks site, will seek outline planning permission in order to develop new office and commercial facilities, including space for social enterprises, community infrastructure and employment facilities, a new hotel extension and multi-storey car parking. The hybrid application will also seek full planning permission for two areas of social housing, which will be developed by Radius Housing in a £13m investment.

The new homes in the Gasworks will include 60 2, 3 and 4-bedroom houses, and 34 2-bedroom apartments. The houses will be developed with their own private gardens, and each apartment will have private balcony space, with other communal green space throughout the sites.

Fionntán Hargey of MDA remarked: “The Market community welcomes the new Radius planning application for 94 new homes. This is a key milestone in the residents hard fought Homes Now campaign to secure and develop housing on the site. It demonstrates the importance of organised, active communities and, as the largest housing development in the Inner City for a generation, it will be a game changer for the Market and for Belfast as a whole, and represents a commitment to maintain and sustain working class communities at the heart of Belfast.”

For further details on the proposal, please visit the Radius website here and follow Market Development Association on Twitter @MDABelfast.

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