The first major housing development to break ground in Dungannon town since the collapse of the housing market has been given the green light by planners.
It is hoped that the housing development, which will consist of 76 new homes, will kickstart the local construction industry and ease the district’s housing shortage.
The 11 acre development will be built next to the former Inn on the Park site south of Dungannon’s Royal School by J and A Developments, from Stewartstown, and will consist of detached and semi-detached houses, townhouses and apartments, as well as garages and landscaping.
The site has been vacant for years, and is mostly grassland with some mature trees.
Planning permission already existed for a greater number of houses, but the new plans offer a reduced density development.
Dungannon town is currently undergoing a severe housing shortage due to its rapidly increasing population.
Meanwhile, house prices in Northern Ireland continued to rise last month according the latest RICS and Ulster Bank Residential Market Survey.
The majority of chartered surveyors reported that prices were up in the three months to the end of April.
RICS Northern Ireland spokesman, Samuel Dickey said: “April is traditionally a busy month for the housing market, and as we move into May and June, the expectation is that prices will continue to rise and that transaction volumes will increase. This is being driven by improvements in the wider economy.