The strategic aims are:
- to work collaboratively across government, with the NIHE (Housing Executive), Housing Associations, and communities to improve housing and infrastructure
- to improve current housing stock, deliver new social and affordable homes and bring empty homes into use
- to target ways to bring physical, economic and social regeneration to each area
- to use housing interventions as the driver to regenerate these areas and start to reverse community decline
More information on:
- Facing the Future - Housing Strategy for Northern Ireland
- Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing in Nothern Ireland
Pilot areas - includes pilot area videos
Six pilot areas have been selected, five are within Belfast and one is in Ballymena: Lower Oldpark & Hillview; Lower Falls; Tigers Bay & Mountcollyer; Lower Shankill & Brown Square; Lenadoon & Glencolin and Doury Road (Ballymena).
These areas meet the criteria for selection as detailed in the Housing Strategy. All are already designated areas of deprivation and suffer from blight / anti-social behaviour but have potential for recovery supported by housing-led regeneration.
Regeneration Forums have now been established in each of the pilot areas to take work forward and develop plans with tailor-made economic, physical and social interventions to meet community needs.
Membership of regeneration forums has been sought from the Housing Executive, community representatives, council officials, housing associations, elected representatives and representatives from education, health and the voluntary and community sectors.
Regeneration managers have been recruited for each area to support the work of the forums and the Department will play a lead role in supporting the forums to identify the issues in their area and develop and implement solutions relating to housing, regeneration, infrastructure, employment and social enterprise together with other issues which the forum feels is important.
External consultants Turley were appointed to the Programme in May 2015, to assist regeneration forums as they work to produce an area-specific action plan. Once all necessary approvals and funding have been secured, work will begin to take place on the ground within the pilot areas.
The pilot programme will complement existing departmental programmes including the Social Housing Development Programme (SHDP).