The SDLP launched their party manifesto today. The main planning and built environment related policies are summarised below:
Homes and Housing
- The fair provision of social housing was one of the founding principles of the SDLP. The SDLP has been and remains at the forefront of housing reform. We continue to fight against long waiting lists, high levels of housing stress and rising homelessness. The SDLP will prioritise an increase in the supply of social housing and ensure that allocation is fair and based on need.
- The SDLP will champion creative and innovative housing policies and strategies and tailor them to the North’s specific needs.
- The SDLP also recognise that the private rented sector is growing in Northern Ireland and is largely unregulated. We see a need to license landlords and letting agents to ensure they are fully informed of their responsibilities and duties. This would also protect and enhance their relationships with their tenants.
- The serious issue of regional imbalance has been neglected by the DUP and Sinn Féin. Areas west of the Bann have been overlooked in terms of investment, infrastructure and job creation. The whole of Northern Ireland suffers from regional imbalance and the SDLP will not accept it.
You can read the full manifesto here
Our 'asks' to the incoming Government have been produced in the RTPI's 10 proposals for planning in the next Parliament.
See the You Tube video, 'In under a minute: Planning in the next Parliament' with RTPI's Head of Communications.