Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann has welcomed the extension of a public consultation on plans to create more affordable housing.
Speaking after the consultation was extended until September, the West Belfast MLA said;
"One of the proposals out to consultation is a plan to require developers to provide a certain amount of houses in new developments as affordable housing.
"This is an issue that Sinn Féin has raised repeatedly in recent years.
"On its own, this proposal will not deal with the huge waiting lists but it could create additional social housing which would help end the nightmare of homelessness for some.
"The consultation had been due to run until August but now it has been extended until September 23.
"I would encourage any interested groups and individuals to take part in that consultation and make their views known."