New developments in Northern Ireland should mix private and social housing, says report
New housing developments in Northern Ireland should have a mix of private and social housing, a new report has said.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) study found that while people here value social housing, they do not want to see large, single-tenure social housing estates being built. It said mixing private and social housing will encourage people from different community and income backgrounds to live together.
The report, sponsored by the Department for Communities, recommends that councils help to create these mixed-tenure developments through the planning system.
Terrie Alafat, CIH chief executive, said: "The way social housing is broadly delivered in Northern Ireland has not changed much over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, there have been major changes in the public and financial environment, such as welfare reform.
"Our project was launched with this in mind, to help make sure social housing is the best it can be going forward."