Regeneration, Heritage, Housing and the Role of Developers
CCQoL research and pilot projects in Belfast are set to run with urban rooms and related events in public spaces/online during Autumn 2022. Project sites and themes continue to develop throughout 2021 to support short-long term spatial and community planning proposals to reimagine the City as a high-quality place for everyone to live and work. Co-Investigator, Dr Saul Golden of Ulster University is working with an Advisory Group including Belfast City Council’s Department for Place and Economy, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Community Places, Supporting Communities, and Connswater Homes. Project and site reviews (both at strategic and individual scales) will evolve over the coming months, leading to a more localised, broad-base Pilot Group to co-develop consultation events.
Themes for the Pilots include the City’s ambitions, first set out in the Belfast Agenda (2017), to “review living, working, and visiting opportunities”, to change the focus on the City Centre with targets for sustainable environmental, economic, and social growth as a catalyst for widespread change across The City and the whole of Northern Ireland. The Agenda followed on from historic changes to planning law in 2015 that decentralised decision-making, in the main, from Stormont Ministers to local Councils, and included explicit roles for Community Involvement in the Planning Act (NI) 2011 and Planning General Regulations (NI) 2015.