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Boylan disappointed no movement in planned housing development in Armagh

2 October, 2009 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry/Armagh, Cathal Boylan, has expressed his disappointment that a plan for social housing in Armagh City has not progressed to any great extent.

‘I asked the Minister for Social Development for an update on the development of the Mullacreevie site, including zoning and open space provision and if a planning application had been applied for in relation to 22 houses under Phase 1 of the project.’

‘The Minister has responded that Fold Housing Association has been nominated to develop the Mullacreevie Phase 1 scheme. Whilst a feasibility study has been carried out they are working towards submitting an application for planning approval which will include details of the open space provision as well as the number of homes they hope to build.’

The MLA continued;

‘I am concerned with the last line in the Ministers answer, when she states ‘…the number of homes they hope to build.’ The Minister is on record as stating previously that the number of homes in this project, which was initially 32, would rise to 44, and that the first phase would rise from 16 to 22. Now she seems unsure how many of these much needed homes will be built, indeed suggesting it will be left to the discretion of the Housing Association tasked with the construction.’

‘I am also disappointed that considering the recent downturn in the construction industry the Minister is not doing enough to bring such projects forward to help that beleaguered industry.’ ENDS

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