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New multiple occupancy schemes needed for Derry – McCartney

15 December, 2008 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has called for a new scheme that has been announced for multiple occupancy houses in the University areas of Belfast to be extend to Derry.

The new scheme announced today by Environment Minister Sammy Wilson is to set out how to manage the number of multiple occupancy houses in the Belfast area shared by students and single people.

Raymond McCartney said:

"Today's announcement is a welcome development particularly for people who live in areas which have seen a sudden influx of a student population and large increase in the number of single dwellings over recent years .It will set limits on the number of houses in areas across Belfast that can be used for multiple occupation. I feel it's very important that this scheme should be extended to Derry.

"With the expected expansion of Magee University over the next few years it is vital that we have a plan in place here to manage the number of multiple occupancy houses shared by students and single people. I have not doubt that the biggest impact in this regard will be in and around the Rosemount and Glen areas of the city where there is already a high private rented sector.

"Such a scheme in Derry would help developers, residents and the University to work in partnership and address any problems that may affect any given area due to an increase in the local population." ENDS

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