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Interest in McCreesh Pk for social housing

15 January 2020

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But should the Council get the go ahead to dispose of the site, the Reporter understands that the Housing Executive is expected to make an offer with plans to contract a housing association for new social housing.

 

In October 2018, the Council decided to sell off the park as it was deemed “surplus to requirements”.

The Council-owned site was one of a number of surplus assets that emerged from the Council’s extensive Play Strategy review.

The Review showed that of 16 parks across the district, 10 of these fell below play value set out by the categorisation developed by Playboard NI.

Due to a proposed new play park at the top of Barcroft, the Patrick Street site was deemed surplus to requirement.

Under the D1 disposal process, other public bodies have first refusal on a site before it is made available on the private market.

Asked if it was considering the purchase of McCreesh Park, a Housing Executive spokesperson told the Reporter: “We consider all surplus public sector sites for social housing in areas of housing need. 

“This process is underway for this site and a number of other publicly owned sites in the city.”

A spokesperson for the Council confirmed that there has been contact by a public body regarding the site.

“Newry, Mourne and Down District Council can confirm that an expression of interest has been received in relation to McCreesh Park via the D1 process,” she said. 

“A verbal update was provided to the Council’s Strategy, Policy and Resources Committee in December 2019 and the Committee will be kept informed further as the D1 process continues. 

“A Judicial Review remains live and therefore the Council cannot comment further at this time.”

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