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‘Residents will oppose North Belfast decision’ - Ní Chuilín

24 November, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

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, local MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said.

The Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson was commenting after the Planning Appeals Commission overturned an earlier refusal to approve the 10-stoey, 620-bed development in Donegall Street.

 “There is an overwhelming need for social housing in North Belfast and this decision flies in the face of that,” she commented.

“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, so local residents are understandibly furious at this decision.

“It 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.

“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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