Tower Block Strategy

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 24 January 2017.

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Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP 2:30, 24 January 2017

Remedial work for tenants should be being carried out where the need is presented. The Housing Executive has advised me that, as part of its overarching asset management strategy for all its homes, it undertook to include a dedicated strategy that determined an option appraisal for all 32 tower blocks that need to be developed. That has been completed, and the initial position was presented to the board for consideration at its meeting in November. This set out the significant investment requirements for the tower blocks and the associated high management costs, which would not represent good value for money.

At the meeting, the board agreed that the Housing Executive's long-term strategy should be to decommission all the tower blocks. The board also agreed that action, as appropriate, would be taken to maintain all tower blocks to an acceptable standard until such time as they are decommissioned. The Housing Executive board requested officers to develop a comprehensive action plan for each tower based on the options appraisal and to engage with tenants, communities, and local political representatives to identify future solutions.