DUP minister Mervyn Storey: I'll consider brownfield site plans for new build homes
A DUP minister has suggested housing associations could be given access to brownfield sites to increase the levels of new build homes.
Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey revealed he is willing to consider "suitable proposals".
His department has more than 80 brownfield sites, almost all of them in the Belfast area.
His statement comes after a call for more public land to be made available by the Executive to accelerate house building.
Cameron Watt, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) said they were not able to access a large number of sites to build the homes needed.
The latest delay in transferring powers for local regeneration to councils means the issue will now remain under Mr Storey's remit for some time.
It is expected that brownfield sites will transfer to the amalgamated 11 councils when the shift of powers is implemented.