MOD housing development is put up for sale

Hamilton Gardens. Pic Google.
Hamilton Gardens. Pic Google.

A 29-property housing development in Lisburn which previously housed Army officers and their families has been put up for sale.

The Ministry of Defence has placed the properties at Hamilton Gardens on the market as it aims to reduce its estate across the UK.

Potential buyers must purchase it as a block of all 29 dwellings, which includes 23 four-bed detached and six three-bed detached homes.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the site is up for sale.

An MOD spokesperson said: “The MOD has appointed GVA to market 29 properties in Hamilton Gardens. The properties have been identified as surplus to MOD requirements and are therefore being disposed of through sale on the open market.”

It is understood that the homes were formerly occupied by army officers, this is the latest in a series of developments in Lisburn being off loaded by the MOD.

Earlier this year the Ulster Star reported how 59 properties at Mountview Drive, gifted to the Northern Ireland Executive by the Ministry of Defence, were set to be developed by Clanmil Housing Association.

MP for Lagan Valley, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, said he would encourage any potential buyers - including housing associations - to look at the Hamilton Gardens site.

He said: “This is the latest in a number of initiatives taken by the MOD to sell off some of the surplus houses they have in Lisburn.

“The properties in Hamilton Gardens are former officers’ accommodation and it would still be open for a housing association to purchase the homes.

“I would encourage some of the housing associations to look at them, it would be very attractive to first time buyers, it is a settled area and it is very close to some of the local schools.”

Lagan Valley DUP Assembly member Paul Givan has welcomed reports of the sale of Ministry of Defence homes in Hamilton Gardens, Lisburn.

Mr Givan said: “The houses in Hamilton Gardens have been in a derelict state for a number of years since service families have vacated.

“I welcome that these are good quality homes that will be made available for families in the area.

“Increasing the market supply helps provide competition and in turn this makes homes more affordable for buyers, however, when there is a lack of supply house prices increase.”

Councillor Scott Carson said that he would welcome new houses becoming available in the Lisburn area.

“People are crying out for houses in Lisburn and if this area is to be bought by a developer and the houses available then that is good news.

“We will wait and see what happens but this is a good area and they are excellent sized houses,” he commented.