A NIFHA delegation has presented to the Policy and Governance Committee of Antrim Newtownabbey Council, highlighting the work of the organisation and its members in the local area.
Chief Executive Cameron Watt, Deputy Chief Executive Jennie Donald and Policy Officer, Pam Tilson were joined by Colette Moore on behalf of Clanmil.
Council members had the opportunity to hear about the positive work of the sector and viewed NIFHA’s Charting Our Future film, which highlights the scope and scale of the sector.
Welcoming around 500 new homes planned for the area, as set out in the new Housing Investment Plan, Cameron explained the importance of the Council’s Local Development Plan in helping access the necessary land to ensure the plans came to fruition.
Colette discussed the work that Clanmil is doing in the local area, highlighting the new Glenann Court development for people aged over 55 in Glengormley and the new 96 home development at Felden, built under the ‘Together Building United Communities’ scheme.
Council members had the opportunity to question the delegation and raised issues relating to the need for more accommodation for older people in the Antrim area and the allocation of homes in shared housing developments.
They also asked how associations were planning to engage fully in the community planning process; what more could be done to support social and affordable housing development and what challenges housing associations face in delivering these new homes; and if associations could take a more robust approach on tackling anti-social behaviour.
Once approved by Council, a link to the audio recording of this meeting will be made available.