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Planning permission has been approved for one of the largest housing projects in recent times in Newry City. It follows the already in progress house building just up the hill from this site at Derrybeg Lane where 74 dwellings are presently being built.

The green field site at Craigmore Way is just behind the Fiveways complex and looks towards St Brigid's Church in The Meadow. Planning permission has been granted for 255 social housing units.
Work begins on the Craigmore Way site where 255 new homes are to be built. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Work begins on the Craigmore Way site where 255 new homes are to be built. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie


The application by Apex Housing Association and Kevin Watson Properties Ltd and Agent LAM Architects will see a mix of 49 apartments and 206 dwellings with associated amenity space, car parking, landscaping and open space. There will also be a right-hand turning lane from Craigmore Way.

The site is conveniently positioned for access to the A1 Dublin Belfast corridor as well as the Damolly Retail Park.
An artists impression of the new development at Craigmore Way.
An artists impression of the new development at Craigmore Way.


The proposal indicates 17 different dwellings including complex needs apartments, general needs apartments, complex needs houses, general needs houses, two storey terrace and semi- detached houses and three storey houses.

The plans have been welcomed by Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty and Newry City Councillors Michael Savage and Gary Stokes.

Mr McNulty explained, "I welcome the planning approval for the 255 new social homes at Craigmore Way in Newry. With over 850 families and individuals in housing stress or categorised as homeless in the city these homes will be a game changer for many people on the waiting list.’

‘This a big scheme with an excellent blend of housing units that meets many of the housing needs across Newry and will also provide essential homes for people with complex needs.’

Councillor Michael Savage who has campaigned to have social and affordable housing prioritised within the Council's planning policy said: "The scheme at Craigmore Way is a great example of what we have managed to achieve in Newry since we got agreement from all parties in Council to prioritise social and affordable housing applications within the planning system.

"A further 255 housing units at Craigmore Way, coupled with the other schemes that are nearing completion and those that have just gone through planning or are in the system shows that policy change and the out-workings of our housing conference are making a difference on the ground.
An artists impression of the new development at Craigmore Way.
An artists impression of the new development at Craigmore Way.
The Craigmore Way site. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Craigmore Way site. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie


"We still have a long way to go but we are making real progress and hopefully we will make a real dent in housing need over the next couple of years."

Cllr Gary Stokes said: "This development is a real addition to the Armagh Road area of the city and will provide much needed housing for families and individuals who are in dire need of a place to call home.

"Housing is a priority for the SDLP in Newry and we will continue to work with all the stakeholders to ensure that we eventually get on top of the housing need in our city. This approval is good news for Newry."
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