Lower Oldpark & Hillview

Background information on the Lower Oldpark & Hillview pilot area within Building Successful Communities.


  • estate in North Belfast adjacent to areas experiencing significant regeneration
  • 113 houses demolished in past 20 years – large areas of empty space in the estate
  • electoral ward ranked 6th most  deprived out of 582 in NI
  • high unemployment
  • high levels of economic inactivity

Lower Oldpark & Hillview video

Lower Oldpark & Hillview area analysis report and minutes

Lower Oldpark & Hillview BSC interventions completed and approximate spend

LOCA Centre Refurbishment

Funding to Belfast City Council (BCC) for the refurbishment and updating of the Lower Oldpark Community Association (LOCA) building in order to bring all facilities up to a modern standard and to make the premises more secure.

NIHE Area Wide Regeneration/ Improvements to Mountview Street and Manor Street

External improvements and installation of secure, modern and attractive fencing to the rear of properties in Manor Street and provide external improvements to the exterior of properties in Mountview Street.

Upgrade of Street Lighting within Lower Oldpark Estate, Cliftonpark Avenue and Hillview Road

Funding for the replacement and updating of street lighting with LED lanterns and new columns within Lower Oldpark Estate, Cliftonpark Ave and Hillview Road.

Cliftonpark Avenue Affordable Housing

Building of five new homes with support provided through a Housing Development Grant. All properties were completed and sold by March 2021.

Courts EI Scheme

This was an EI scheme to deliver improvements within seven courtyards in the Lower Oldpark estate which was completed in March 2022.

Feasibility study on the future of the John Hewitt Park

BSC commissioned a Feasibility Study to examine the proposed development and future use of the John Hewitt Play Park.

Belfast Bikes Scheme

Provision of two bike docking stations located at Girdwood Community Hub and Duncairn Centre, Antrim Rd, including 14 bicycles and one year’s maintenance and technical costs paid to BCC.

BSC Intervention approximate spend - £2.39 million.

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