NIFHA welcomes the draft Belfast City Centre Regeneration Strategy and Investment Plan. We agree with the eight policies at its core and are pleased that increasing the residential population is among them.
However given its importance, we believe this policy must be accorded higher priority, and that its successful delivery requires the proposed ‘projects’ in support of it being strengthened and added to. Also, to help meet the Plan’s social and economic objectives, there must be a commitment to providing a full range of housing to meet the range of needs in the city.
• Increasing the residential population in the city centre should be made a higher priority along with the recommended projects to support this.
• The Plan should recognise and harness the potential of local housing associations to provide major investment in the city centre through high-quality developments.
• In line with established planning policy, residential developments should be expected to be mixed tenure providing a range of housing options for people of varying incomes.
• Robust policy support is required to support social and affordable housing: existing provisions in PPS12 including zoning sites for social housing and the use of key site requirements should be used, as the future of ‘developer contributions’ is uncertain.
• A strategic plan on increasing the residential population should be published in addition to the proposed strategic documents for economic development, tourism and active travel.
• Social and affordable housing should be seriously considered for all appropriate locations, not just along arterial routes.
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