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Housing supply strategy consultation launched

Wednesday 19 May 2021

The Department for Communities has today, 19 May, launched a call for evidence on the Housing Supply Strategy which is part of the Minister of Communities comprehensive and ambitious programme of work to increase housing supply and address housing stress in Northern Ireland.

It is intended to provide a long-term framework for the development of policy, interventions, and action plans to deliver the right homes in the right locations.

The work focuses on:

  • Supporting People, Shaping Places and Building Communities
  • Land and Property
  • Planning • Finance
  • Infrastructure
  • Climate Change/Net Zero
  • Innovation
  • Skills

The consultation will make a major contribution to the achievement of strategic outcomes as described in the draft Programme for Government outcomes framework, New Decade New Approach, and the Department's strategic plan, 'Building Inclusive Communities'.

The results will then be analysed, along with other sources of evidence and information, to form the basis of policy options and a draft Strategy. The intention is to have a draft Strategy for presentation to Ministers by the end of March 2022.

Propertymark will be responding to the consultation and we are encouraging members to respond too. If anyone would like to feed directly into Propertymark contact policy@propertymark.co.uk.

The call for evidence closes on Friday 16 July 2021.

Call for evidence

Access to a safe and secure home is a basic human right – a cornerstone of life, essential to our health and well-being. Limiting access can harm community cohesion, hinder educational development, prevent people connecting to job opportunities; and have a negative impact on physical and mental health.

This Call for Evidence is the first formal stage in the strategy development. Your participation is welcomed and encouraged. Responsibility for housing rests with many and, therefore, the solutions are something we must design and tackle together.

Deidre Hargey, Minister for Communities