Work on a new social housing development on the Cliftonville Road could begin within months after a housing association applied for planning permission to build ten homes. Apex Housing Association plan to build the houses at the site of the former Methodist church at the corner of the Cliftonville Road and Windham Drive.

The confirmation that houses are to be built rather than apartments has been welcomed.

“Having a large number of apartments in the area would not have been appropriate,” said local Sinn Féin councillor Danny Lavery. “The fact that it will be for family homes is very much in keeping with the local area and that is very important. It will be a high quality addition to the area and I very much welcome this new housing development.”

A spokesperson from Apex confirmed that they had applied for the planning permission.

“Apex Housing Association applied for planning permission for the development of seven three-bed and three two-bed social houses on a site at 212 Cliftonville Road.

“Subject to planning permission being granted, we anticipate starting construction in the spring of this year,” they said.