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Urban Villages

We are working in partnership with the Urban Villages Initiative to improve our existing parks and to create new parks, play parks and open spaces across Belfast.

The key projects include:

The Urban Villages Initiative is a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) Strategy.  It's designed to improve good relation outcomes and to help develop places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension.  It aims to:

  • foster positive community identities
  • build community capacity, and
  • improve the physical environment.

These will allow current and future investment to be more effective and suitable. 

To meet these aims, a set of objectives and outcomes have been identified and will inform investment decisions and actions. These include: 

  • creating attractive and thriving places for residents and visitors 
  • improving internal and external access within and to the Urban Villages
  • encouraging shared spaces
  • encouraging trust and relationships
  • creating welcoming places where people feel safe and connected, regardless of religious or ethnic background
  • encouraging and supporting communities to express their views and influence what happens in their areas

The five Urban Village areas designated by Northern Ireland Executive are:

  • Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan, north Belfast
  • Colin, west Belfast
  • EastSide, east Belfast
  • Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets areas, south Belfast
  • The Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street, Derry-Londonderry
For more information about the Urban Villages initiative visit