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Proposals to force private developers to contribute to social housing

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Regulation

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New plans have been outlined to force private housing developers to contribute to the construction of social housing in Northern Ireland.

Should the measures come in, the Department for Social Development's proposals will apply to all projects of five homes or more.

The DSD says that it would prefer any social housing a constructor is compelled to create to be built on the same site as the primary development.

DSD minister Nelson McCausland has claimed that the policy will lead to "balanced communities, promoting a mix of housing in terms of tenure, price and household composition".

Under the plans, a developer would have to make a profit of 15% before it had to build social housing.

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