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Jobs boost as work begins on £5.8m project

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CONSTRUCTION work has commenced on an £5.8 million development that will create 42 homes for the over 45’s in Omagh.

The housing scheme, named Woodbrook Village will be located on a 5.3 acre site on the Brookmount Road, and is hoped it will create around 30 jobs for the construction industry locally.

The project is being spearheaded by Derry based company, Take it Easy Homes.

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The development, which will also include a community building, first received full planning permission in January 2010, with building work originally hoped to have started in Easter that year.

Increased activity and optimism in the Omagh and Northern Ireland property market has given the developer the confidence to forge ahead with the construction of 30 bungalows and 12 apartments with the first unit to be completed by September 2015.

Bayswater Construction in Derry have secured the Woodbrook Village construction contract. However, an emphasis has been put on using local tradesmen and suppliers that could create approximately 30 jobs.

Anaeleigh McCormick from Locate Estate Agents in Derry that is overseeing the project said, “Woodbrook Village is being built by local tradesmen using local suppliers and professionals. As a result Omagh will not only benefit from this singular development of energy efficient, bespoke bungalows; the local economy is also receiving a much-needed boost.”

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She advised interested local tradesmen to pop along to the site and request information.

Ms McCormick highlighted that Woodbrook Village aims to provide homes for the over 45s, in an environment where a strong sense of community will prevail, stating, it is ideal for those seeking to downsize from their existing home, with the emphasis on community, lifestyle and security rather than housing density.

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Ms McCormick continued, “This development is aimed at 45’s and over. With an aging population and people now wanting to remain independent for their entire lives, it is important that homes are fit for purpose.

“Woodbrook Village has an early-retirement age restriction as this is around the age that people begin to plan for the future as children move off.

“Their family homes become too big as bedrooms lie empty; with high heating and maintenance costs becoming unsustainable, and downsizing becomes more appealing.

“This exceptional location is within short walking distance to shops, a chemist, hair-dressers and other services along the Brookmount Road. The development itself will include a community facility which all residents will be able to avail of”.

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