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Sinn Féin will oppose plan to exclude housing from Hillview - Ní Chuilín

14 August, 2017 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson and North Belfast MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said today that the party will oppose plans for a retail only development of for the Hillview site in North Belfast.

Carál Ní Chuilín said:

“The proposal for the Hillview site on the Crumlin Road fails to address the multiple needs of this community and we are firmly opposed to it for that reason and have lodged a formal objection to the developer's plans.

“Sinn Fein along with other parties, local residents, housing campaigners and local traders have publicly voiced our objections to this plan for a retail only development at the 17-acre Hillview site.

“In our view this is a prime opportunity for a mixed development in an area where available land is at an absolute premium.

“Therefore we have written to the Housing Executive requesting that they use their vesting powers to bring the site into public usage.

“We have demonstrated what is possible at the Girdwood complex and Hillview should also be used to tackle the needs of local people including social homes on the site.

“This is an area ranking high on deprivation indices and public bodies have a duty to invest in communities and not leave development of a site like this to the private sector alone.

“We don’t need car show rooms and fast food outlets at Hillview we need accessible amenities, community facilities and local people living there.”

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