CEF has joined with ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers) to call on the NI Assembly to form an independent advisory body to identify strategic cross-sectoral priorities and to advise the NI Executive on investment decisions.
In addition to the alarmingly high number of jobs lost in the construction sector during the recession, perhaps the most visible aspect of the downturn was the significant drop in both property values and new builds …
There is now a critical need for new homes to be built – from the positive impact this would have on jobs to how new housing underpins both regeneration and economic growth.
With less than 50% of new housing need having been met consistently over the last decade, there is a very urgent need to act and act now – particularly in respect of private housing.
CEF welcome the announcement by the First Minister that the restrictions on the Property Market have been amended to allow a return to activity from Monday 15th June.
CEF with all the other main Construction Organisations have today written to the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) Chief Commissioner to express grave concern that PAC has not introduced virtual hearings to allow our planning system to cope adequately with the Covid 19 crisis.