West Belfast homes boost a "step towards addressing the housing crisis"

Hundreds of new homes getting the green light for West Belfast has been welcomed.

Paul Maskey said news that 260 houses have been approved at Belfast Council is a “step towards addressing the housing crisis in Belfast”.

The Sinn Féin Westminster candidate for West Belfast added: “It’s fantastic news that planning permission for an additional 260 social homes in the Glen Road Heights area of West Belfast was approved on Thursday night. This is a major investment in our community and another positive step towards addressing the housing crisis in Belfast.

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“I want to recognise the tireless efforts of the Sinn Féin council team, our local community and everyone involved in getting this crucial application across the line. Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring that every family and individual can live in a safe and secure home, and we will not rest until this is achieved.

“Over the past number of years we have seen thousands of homes being built in West Belfast, and I will continue working to deliver affordable and safe housing for all.”

Arder Carson, chairman of Belfast Council planning committee, said a “significant condition attached to the application was for the installation of a Puffin Crossing at the current entrance to the existing site”.

He added: “I very much welcome the approval for this development and commend Radius and Choice housing associations for the positive engagement they had with the local community, local schools and with planners in relation to the design and delivery of the new homes and play facilities.

“I would encourage continuation of that engagement particularly with the local GAA and soccer clubs that adjoin the site to ensure maximum benefit for the current and new residents who will be allocated the new homes. I am particularly happy to see the inclusion of the Puffin Crossing which I lobbied hard for, and the very strong condition attached to the approval that will ensure its delivery.

“This is an important addition for pedestrian safety and connectivity for residents to services the wider area. Demand for housing is high in this part of the city and this new development will make a valuable contribution in meeting some of that demand.”

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