Belfast, Northern Ireland (PRNews) – The Government has decided to renovate six Holiday Homes on the shores of Mullaghmores Glen in Belfast, with the aim of closing a budget gap of up to £100,000 by the end of the year.
The Mullaghmont Homes, which opened in 2015 and are now in the third and final year of construction, were built in the 1920s.
The government says they are now the largest single-family holiday home complex in Northern Ireland, with a capacity of 9,000 guests.
It also announced plans to convert two other Holiday Homes in the area into Holiday Houses with an estimated capacity of 8,000 visitors, to provide an additional capacity of 3,500 visitors by the middle of the decade.
The Government has allocated a further £200,000 to help pay for the upgrades.
The remaining £1.5 million will be paid by the local authority.
The Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration, David Carson, said: “It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the Government has determined to upgrade six of our Holiday Homes to help close a budget deficit of up by the third quarter of 2019.”
We have invested £200 million to upgrade five of the Holiday Homes and we are planning to upgrade two more Holiday Homes, to create more space for more guests and for our existing guests.
“The Government will continue to work closely with local authorities to support them in meeting their needs.”
He said that by the time the scheme is complete, it will save the local authorities an estimated £10 million, with further funding to be added later.
The programme was started by the Government in October last year, and the Government expects it will be completed by June 2020.
It is estimated that the scheme will save local authorities up to a further $80 million.
A further £100 million will come from a new “mini-planning tax” introduced by the DUP, to help offset the cost of the scheme.
The scheme will also be extended by two more years, to 2024, by the Northern Ireland Assembly.
The six Holiday Houses are:Ballyferritery, Mullaghmeen, Mulligan and Mullagh, which were built between 1916 and 1920.
It will be the largest multi-family estate in the North and one of the largest in the UK.
It includes:Mulligan Castle, Mullaghan, Mullagreen, Mulligern, Mulla, Mullynn, Mullnore and Mullon, which was built between 1871 and 1876.
Mullagreen was originally the home of the Ballyferry clan, and later became part of the United Daughters of the Republic.
Mulla was home to the first British Army camp at Mullagynn.