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19/02/2016

Report gives thumbs-down to developer contribution system for affordable homes in Northern Ireland

Words: Roger Milne
housing in Ireland

A report exploring the introduction of a developer contributions scheme in Northern Ireland suggests that such an initiative would be impractical and unrealistic under current market conditions.

The research that informed the report was commissioned following a public consultation by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of the Environment (DoE) on the initiative.

The researchers’ conclusion from the viability analysis was that introducing a scheme with a single percentage of affordable housing across the region was not realistic because for most of the region a developer contribution scheme would not work.

Environment minister Mark H Durkan said: “I welcome this useful research and my department will continue to work with the DSD and engage with key stakeholders to consider its implications on how the planning system can further support the supply of social and affordable housing. My department’s strategic planning policy will continue to recognise the importance of social and affordable housing and encourage its provision through local development plans.”

Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing in Northern Ireland can be found here.

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