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High Court ruling a ‘landmark victory’ for Markets residents – Ó Muilleoir

24 May, 2018 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has welcomed the decision of the High Court to overturn the City Council’s decision to allow a tower block to be built next to residential homes in the Market area despite the land having being zoned for social housing.


The South Belfast MLA who was in court with residents and party housing spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín MLA said:


“This is a landmark decision and a victory to those who believe in a shared, inclusive  and prosperous Belfast.


“The Market Community are not prepared for their community to be treated as second class by developers.


“This  verdict makes clear that it is not good enough for Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a tower block bigger than the Europa on a site zoned for social housing. 

“It’s important that the Housing Executive and the Department of Communities also take heed of today’s judgement.

“All these bodies must become strong advocates of social housing especially when land has been zoned for that purpose rather than attempting to simply meet the needs of developers.”

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