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Conference on housing challenges and opportunities

Published: Wed, 19 Mar 2014
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The theme of the event is challenges and opportunities for public and private housing in Northern Ireland
High rise flats in Belvoir Estate, Belfast
Mags Lightbody, our Interim Chief Executive will address a conference examining the challenges and opportunities for public and private housing in Northern Ireland.
This conference, to be held in Belfast in June, will be an opportunity to consider the key challenges facing both the public and private housing sectors in Northern Ireland as the Executive and stakeholders implement the Facing the Future: Housing Strategy for Northern Ireland Action Plan 2012-2017.
At this early stage it is expected delegates - including key policymakers, developers, law firms, house builders, housing associations - will discuss how to increase the level of house building taking place including particular shortages in certain locations, and the availability of social housing. The effectiveness of the new Housing Supply Forum in meeting these challenges will be discussed, as will the likely impact of proposed changes to the role and structure of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
Further topics for discussion are likely to include how housing policy can be used to achieve the aim of driving regeneration and sustaining communities, as well as the continuing disparity between house prices in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, how the Help to Buy scheme is impacting on prices and other measures the NI Executive or the UK Government can take to assist first-time buyers seeking to enter the housing market.
Nelson McCausland MLA, Minister for Social Development, is also a Guest of Honour at the event.
The seminar which has been organised by the Policy Forum for Northern Ireland will take place on Thursday, 12th June 2014 in Belfast. Further information regarding the event is available at