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More social housing needed in rural areas

3 November, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has stated that he is extremely worried for people seeking homes in rural areas after it was revealed that less than 6% of social housing built in the last year were in rural areas.

 Mr McMullan said,

 “In response to a written question Minister Mervyn Storey it was revealed that in the last financial year of 2013 homes built only 119 were built in rural areas.

 “The lack of social housing, coupled with the planning regulations for building private housing, is hampering the ability of rural dwellers to find a home.

 “There are many people who have been born and bred in rural areas that are finding it near impossible to find a home and are been forced to move miles away from their families in order to do so.

 “People who live in rural areas deserve the same opportunities as those in urban areas and this includes the right to be housed close to their families so more land needs to be zoned for housing in rural area.

 “I have now requested an urgent meeting with the Minister in order to discuss a better deal for rural dwellers. It is important that we rebalance the amount of homes that are being built in rural area.”

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