MONDAY 21 MAY 2007
The Assembly to sit at noon
PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS
- Motion - Processing of Planning Applications
Proposed: That this Assembly regards as unacceptable the length of time taken for both the processing of planning applications and the determination of planning appeals, and calls upon the Minister of the Environment to take immediate steps to clear the backlog and also to introduce more efficiency and transparency within the planning process.
[Mr T Gallagher]
- Motion - Affordable Housing Crisis
Proposed: That this Assembly expresses serious concerns about the affordable housing crisis, and calls upon the Minister for Social Development to co-ordinate urgently with the Housing Executive, Housing Associations, and all other relevant bodies, to release and set aside land for new build projects and to report back to this Assembly with the strategy and timescale that is finalised.
[Mr J Shannon]
- Motion - Vacant Properties
Proposed: That this Assembly notes that some 36,000 homes lie empty across Northern Ireland; calls upon the Minister for Social Development to take immediate steps to tackle the scandal of vacant properties; and recognises that this could go a long way to deal with the serious crisis which exists in the provision of social and affordable housing, highlighted by the Semple recommendations.
[Mr F McCann]
[Mr M Brady]