Housing Executive Waiting Lists

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 8th April 2002.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Opposition Whip (Commons) 3:30 pm, 8th April 2002

I do not agree that those figures are particularly shocking, because the current ratio of applicants in housing stress to relets is 1:1·25, which shows that the housing needs of the whole area are largely being met. However, in order to deal with existing and anticipated pressures, housing associations, which provide all-new social housing, have planned a work programme for the next three-year period.

I want to give some details about the Lisburn area. The last phase of 96 new houses in Poleglass and 15 new houses in Lisburn has just been completed. A further nine homes are under construction in Old Warren in Lisburn, and they will be completed in the autumn. In addition, over the next three-year planning cycle, housing associations plan to start building a further 218 new homes. In 2002-03 they plan to start three schemes of 180 new homes. In 2003-04 they plan to start four schemes of 40 new homes. In 2004-05 they plan to start seven schemes of 98 new homes.