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Published - January 2024

Belfast Housing Land Availability Summary Report

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Summary Tables and Graphs

The following summary tables detail the supply of housing for the Belfast district from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 and provide a snapshot of the land remaining for housing and its associated potential capacity to accommodate new homes. Cumulative totals are also provided since the Council’s housing monitor was established – for example 1 April 2015, the date at which the Council gained statutory responsibility for planning.

It should be noted that these cumulative totals will reflect the total since the Council gained statutory responsibility for planning until such time as an up-to-date Local Development Plan for the new district is adopted, establishing appropriate targets to monitor delivery against.

3.1 Settlement Summary

Table 1 provides a breakdown of the housing supply, land availability and capacity for future housing units for each Settlement within the District, including Belfast City and the Small Settlements of Edenderry, Hannahstown and Loughview.

Belfast City is then further sub-divided into a number of settlement areas or sectors based on key designations within the prevailing development plan. These areas include Belfast City Centre, the Belfast Harbour Estate and Outer Belfast, which is defined as the area covered by the Settlement Limit of Belfast City outside of the City Centre and Harbour Area.

The data within the table is divided into the following columns:

  • Area Developed 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 – the area of land in hectares (ha) developed during the current monitor year;
  • Area Developed 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2023 – the cumulative area of land in hectares (ha) developed to date from 1 April 2015 (the date at which the Council gained statutory responsibility for planning);
  • Units Complete 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 – the number of dwellings completed during the current monitor year;
  • Units Complete 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2023 – the cumulative total number of dwellings completed to date from 1 April 2015 (the date at which the Council gained statutory responsibility for planning);
  • Available Potential (Hectares) – the area of land estimated as available for additional dwelling completions within monitored sites as at 31 March 2023; and
  • Available Potential (Dwelling Units) – the estimated number of dwellings that could be accommodated on the available potential land as at 31 March 2023.

During the 2022 - 2023 monitoring year 714 units were completed on 16.3 ha of land across the District. 343.4 ha of land remains, with potential capacity for 20,901 units. Within Belfast City, 702 units completed were within Outer Belfast, with a further 9 units completed within the City Centre. 11,490 of the available potential units are within Outer Belfast, whilst 6,261 and 3,128 potential dwelling units remain in the City Centre and Harbour Area respectively. There were 3 completions in Edenderry, no completions in Hannahstown or Loughview with a total of 22 potential dwelling units available across these three Small Settlements.

Figure 1 shows the total dwellings completed for the district from 2015 - 2016 to present, to allow for an analysis of trends over a longer timeframe. The total number of dwellings completed in the district has decreased by 5.3 per cent from 754 in 2021 - 2022 to 714 in the current monitor year.

3.2 Urban Footprint Summary

Table 2 provides a breakdown of the housing supply, land availability and capacity for future housing units within Belfast City, further categorised into land within the identified ‘Urban Footprint’ [Footnote 3] or Greenfield land. This only refers to Belfast City, given that the Urban Footprint is only defined in relation to settlements with a population greater than 5,000 people. This excludes Belfast’s three Small Settlements.

In addition to the columns featured in Table 1 (as described in Section 3.1), the Units within the Urban Footprint (per cent) row calculates the proportion of dwellings completed within the Urban Footprint during the current monitor year and the cumulative total number of dwellings completed to date from 1 April 2015 (the date at which the Council gained statutory responsibility for planning), expressed as a percentage of the total number of dwellings completed over the respective time periods.

89.3 per cent of the 711 units completed within Belfast City were built on land within the Urban Footprint. Of the remaining potential dwelling units, 95.6 per cent are within the Urban Footprint.

Figure 2 shows the proportion of dwellings within the Urban Footprint for the district from 2015 - 2016 to present, to allow for an analysis of trends over a longer timeframe. The proportion of dwellings completed within the Urban Footprint has increased from 84.5 per cent in 2021 - 2022 to 89.3 per cent in the current monitor year.

3.3 Land Use Zoning Summary

Table 3 provides a breakdown of the dwelling units completed by type of land use zoning within the prevailing development plan within each settlement or settlement area. The data within this table is divided into the following columns:

  • Land Zoned for Housing – the number of units completed and the remaining potential units on land allocated for residential use within the prevailing development plan;
  • Land Zoned for Mixed Use – the number of units completed and the remaining potential units on land zoned for mixed use development, which includes an element of residential development within key site requirements;
  • All other land – the number of units completed and the remaining potential units on any other land not falling within the first two, which include non-zoned land and land zoned for non-residential uses; and
  • Proportion of Zoned Land (per cent) – the proportion of units completed on either housing or mixed use zoned land expressed as a percentage of the total number of dwellings completed.

30.7 per cent of the dwelling units completed during 2022 - 2023 have been delivered on zoned land within Belfast City. The number of units completed on all other land was 495 dwellings.

Figure 3 shows the proportion of units completed for the district on both housing or mixed use zoned land expressed as a percentage of the total number of dwellings completed from 2015 - 2016 to present. This proportion has increased from 36.3 per cent in 2021 - 2022 to 30.7 per cent in the current monitor year. Figure 4 shows the total number of units completed on all other land. This ‘windfall’ provision has increased by 3.1 per cent from 480 units in 2021 - 2022 to 495 in the current monitor year.

Table 4 provides details of the capacity for future dwelling units on the same basis as Table 3. Of the remaining potential available for future dwellings, 34.4 per cent is currently zoned for housing or mixed use. 3,525 of the available 20,901 potential dwelling units can be delivered on land zoned for housing and 3,668 units on land zoned for mixed use. In comparison, 13,708 of the remaining potential units can be provided on all other land.


Table 1: Settlement Summary 2022 - 2023

Settlement

Area Developed (Hectares)

Units Complete

Available Potential (Hectares)

Available Potential (Dwelling Units)

01/04/22 to 31/03/23

01/04/15 to 31/03/23

01/04/15 to 31/03/23

01/04/22 to 31/03/23

   

Belfast City

Outer Belfast

16.1

141

702

5,129

219.5

11,490

City Centre

0.1

2.6

9

372

36.5

6,261

Harbour Area

0.0

0.0

0

0

86

3,128

Belfast City Total

16.2

143.6

711

5,501

342

20,879

Small Settlements

Edenderry

0.1

0.1

3

3

0.8

18

Hannahstown

0.0

1.0

0

23

0.4

3

Loughview

0.0

0.0

0

0

0.2

1

Small Settlement Total

0.1

1.1

3

26

1.4

22

District Total

16.3

144.7

714

5,527

343.4

20,901

Note: Hectare values may not tally due to rounding.


Table 2: Urban Footprint Summary 2022/23

Settlement or Area

Area Developed (Hectares)

Units Complete

Available Potential (Hectares)

Available Potential (Dwelling Units)

01/04/22 to 31/03/23

01/04/15 to 31/03/23

01/04/22 to 31/03/23

01/04/15 to 31/03/23

Urban Footprint

11.9

103.1

635

4,680

306.8

19,958

Units within the Urban Footprint (per cent)

-

-

89.3 per cent

85.1 per cent

-

95.6 per cent

Greenfield

4.2

40.5

76

821

35.3

921

Belfast City Total

16.2

143.6

711

5,501

342

20,879

Note: Hectare values may not tally due to rounding.


Figure 1: Total Dwellings Completed 2015 - 2023

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Figure 1: Total Dwellings Completed 2015 - 2023
Year No. of Units
2015 - 2016 555
2016 - 2017 714
2017 - 2018 659
2018 - 2019 830
2019 - 2020 698
2020 - 2021 603
2021 - 2022 754
2022 - 2023 714

Figure 2: Proportion of Dwellings Within the Urban Footprint 2015 - 2023

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Figure 2: Proportion of Dwellings Within Urban Footprint 2015-2023
Year Proportion ( per cent)
2015 - 2016 93.10 per cent
2016- 2017 93.00 per cent
2017 - 2018 82.10 per cent
2018 - 2019 84.10 per cent
2019 - 2020 76.40 per cent
2020 - 2021 81.60 per cent
2021 - 2022 84.50 per cent
2022 - 2023 89.30 per cent

Table 3: Land Use Zoning Completed Units 2022 - 2023

Settlement / Area

Units Complete

Land Zoned for Housing Land Zoned for Mixed Use All other land Total

Proportion on Zoned Land

(per cent)

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

01/04/22

to 

31/03/23

Belfast City

Outer Belfast

219

1,553

0

60

483

3,516

702

5,129

31.2 per cent

31.4 per cent

City Centre

0

37

n/a

n/a

9

335

9

372

0.0 per cent

9.9 per cent

Harbour Area

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0 per cent

0.0 per cent

Belfast Total

219

1,590

0

60

492

3,851

711

5,501

30.8 per cent

30 per cent

Small Settlements

Edenderry

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

3

3

3

n/a

n/a

Hannahstown

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

23

0

23

n/a

n/a

Loughview

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

0

0

n/a

n/a

Small Settlement Total

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

3

26

3

26

n/a

n/a

DISTRICT TOTAL

219

1,590

0

60

495

3,877

714

5,527

30.7per cent

29.9 per cent


Figure 3: Proportion of Units Complete on Zoned land 2015-2023

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Figure 3: Proportion of Units Complete on Zoned land 2015 - 2023
Year Proportion ( per cent)
2015 - 2016 26.3 per cent
2016 - 2017 30.8 per cent
2017 - 2018 28.0 per cent
2018 - 2019 25.8 per cent
2019 - 2020 27.7 per cent
2020 - 2021 29.0 per cent
2021 - 2022 36.3 per cent
2022 - 2023 30.7 per cent

Figure 4: No. of Units Complete on All Other Land 2015 - 2023

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Figure 4: No. of Units Complete on All Other Land 2015-2023

Year No. of Units
2015 - 2016 409
2016 - 2017 494
2017 - 2018 450
2018 - 2019 616
2019 - 2020 505
2020 - 2021 428
2021 - 2022 480
2022 - 2023 495

Table 4: Land Use Zoning Remaining Potential Units 2022 - 2023

Settlement / Area

Remaining Potential Units

 

Land Zoned for Housing

Land Zoned for Mixed Use

All other land

Total

Proportion on Zoned Land ( per cent)

Belfast City

Outer Belfast

2,873

653

7,964

11,490

30.7 per cent

City Centre

652

n/a

5,609

6,261

10.4 per cent

Harbour Area

n/a

3,015

113

3,128

96.4 per cent

Belfast City Total

3,525

3,668

13,686

20,879

34.5 per cent

Small Settlements

Edenderry

n/a

n/a

18

18

n/a

Hannahstown

n/a

n/a

3

3

n/a

Loughview

n/a

n/a

1

1

n/a

Small Settlement Total

n/a

n/a

22

22

n/a

DISTRICT TOTAL

3,525

3,668

13,708

20,901

34.4 per cent


 

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