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Ní Chuilín calls on Housing Executive to overturn Hillview decision

4 September, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has hit out at the Housing Executive for refusing to vest land for social housing on the Hillview Site in North Belfast.

The Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson commented:

"Following the disastrous decision by some members of the Planning Committee of Belfast City Council to create a retail only development for the Hillview site in North Belfast, I wrote to the Housing Executive stressing that they should vest a section of the site for social housing.

"It is deeply disappointing that they have now responded stating that they do not intend to vest partly because of the reluctance of the current owner to sell the land.

"However, the entire point of vesting powers is to allow for compulsory purchase in order to address a wider public need.

"In the case of Hillview there is an obvious and growing need for social housing in what is one of the North's most disadvantaged communities. I am calling on the Housing Executive to review this inexplicable decision immediately."

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