Ministers publish research on developer contributions

Date published: 18 February 2016


Social Development Minister, Lord Morrow MLA, and Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, have published independent research on the likely economic impact of a Developer Contributions Scheme.

Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley

The research was commissioned following a public consultation by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and the Department of the Environment (DOE) on the possible introduction of a Developer Contributions Scheme in Northern Ireland. Responses to the consultation were mixed and pointed to the need for further research.

The research highlights that most housing markets in Northern Ireland, could not at present, sustain a scheme of developer contributions.

Social Development Minister Morrow said: “This research report will make a valuable contribution to our evidence base on this issue. My Department, along with the Department of the Environment, will now reflect on the findings and recommendations detailed in the report. We will also continue to engage with key stakeholders on the specific issues highlighted in the report and on wider housing market issues as we consider how best to support the growth of our social and affordable housing supply.”

Developer contributions are a means of providing additional numbers of social and affordable housing units, often alongside new owner-occupied housing, in mixed income communities.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “I welcome this useful research and my Department will continue to work with the Department for Social Development and engage with key stakeholders to consider its implications on how the planning system can further support the supply of social and affordable housing. My Department’s strategic planning policy will continue to recognise the importance of social and affordable housing and encourage its provision through local development plans.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Developer Contributions Economic Research is available on the Department for Social Development website
  2. The research was commissioned by the Department for Social Development and the Department of Environment and was conducted by Three Dragons and Heriot-Watt University
  3. Media enquiries should be directed to the DSD Press Office on 028 9082 9233 or email: Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned


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