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‘Residents will oppose North Belfast planning decision’ - Ní Chuilín

29 November, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has said residents may seek legal action to overturn a decision to approve a huge student accommodation complex on a North Belfast site originally earmarked for social housing.

The North Belfast MLA was commenting after the Planning Appeals Commission overturned an earlier refusal to approve the 10-storey, 620-bed development in Donegall Street.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“There is an overwhelming need for social housing in North Belfast and it really beggars belief that the Planning Appeals Commission can approve such a development on a site originally earmarked at least in part for residential use and in spite of the clearly identified need for social housing. 

“Local residents are understandably furious at this decision given that organisations such as the UN, the Committee for the Administration of Justice and the Equality Commission have cited the critical lack of social housing and housing inequalities in this area and throughout North Belfast.

“Residents are determined this will not be the end of the matter and will be exploring all legal avenues available to oppose this decision.”

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