Accelerating City Centre Living
A key aim of the Belfast City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy is to increase the residential population of the city centre. We’re bringing forward an ambitious programme to accelerate city centre living through the strategic assessment of public sector land assets and adjoining private sector lands.
The Belfast Agenda sets out targets for a city re-imagined and resurgent with an additional 66,000 residents and 30,000 homes. Increasing the number of people living within the city centre will help create a vibrant, functioning city centre and support local retail, hospitality and entertainment while contributing to the general level of activity.
Successfully delivering city centre living needs an attractive and secure environment, with shopping, open space and other amenities for residents. Improving the public realm, food and entertainment offerings and connectivity is as important as securing appropriate development sites.
Strategic Site Assessments identified under-utilised prime city centre land with the capacity and potential to deliver over 1,400 city centre homes. We’re working with the Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Housing Associations and the private sector to bring forward proposals for a blend of coherent and inclusive mixed-use developments.
These sites also have the potential to provide around 45,000 sq ft of commercial space. Aligned to our Inclusive Growth Strategy this can:
- facilitate cultural offerings
- develop community infrastructure
- facilitate traditional commercial amenities including independent traders
- improve connectivity
- provide open and green spaces.
Phase 1 - will bring forward a housing-led regeneration Development Brief for the Inner North West Northern Cluster.
Phase 2 - will involve strategically assessing the wider public sector asset and land base and bringing forward development propositions, mainly for housing-led regeneration schemes.
We’re engaging with public and private sector around overcoming obstacles to development of city centre living.