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New homes in rural areas

Updated: 22 Mar 2017
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We use latent demand testing to establish a need for rural housing
Rural housing in Blackwatertown
We own around 15,000 social rented homes in rural areas. We also have a role in identifying where new social and affordable housing is needed. We can also provide advice and information for anyone wishing to privately rent or own a home in rural areas.  
We recognise that there are particular problems in rural areas. For example, we know that those interested in rural housing do not always register with us, as they may feel rural housing opportunities are limited. To help address this potential hidden need, or "latent demand", we carry out housing needs surveys in selected rural areas each year.
Below is a list of areas where we currently feel there is a latent demand for rural housing. If you or somebody you know is interested in living in one of the following areas then please contact us on the email / telephone numbers given.
Irvinestown E: SE.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 9182 5038
Kesh E: SE.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 9182 5038
Ballinamallard E: SE.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 9182 5038
Carrickmore E: SE.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 9182 5038
Knockloughrim E: South.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 3831 5870
Gulladuff E: South.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 3831 5870
Bellaghy
(older people)
E: South.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 3831 5870
Whitecross E: South.Planning@nihe.gov.uk
T: 028 3831 5870
Ballymagorry T: 028 7130 6177
Douglas Bridge T: 028 7130 6177
Anyone who needs a home is encouraged to register their interest by 25 March 2016. If you do so you may receive a visit from the Housing Executive’s housing officer to complete an application.

If you need a home

If the area you wish to live in is not in the planned programme of Housing Needs Surveys, you can still register for social housing in a rural area. We can also provide advice and information for anyone wishing to rent or own a home.
Further information is available as follows:

If you belong to a rural community where you think there is a need for new homes

We are happy to visit and talk to local community groups in rural areas where there are concerns about a lack of social or affordable housing.
In selected areas each year, we carry out local housing need surveys to investigate and demonstrate the extent of housing needs in rural communities. We can then examine what might be done to tackle any identified need. If your community group wishes to discuss housing issues, please contact our Rural Housing Unit.
If you want to see where new houses are being provided, go to the Social Housing Development Programme search.