Updated: 20 May 2013
We continue to assist urban and rural regeneration throughout Northern Ireland, making significant economic, community and social improvements with an investment of £9.3m during the year.
Under the Urban Renewal Programme newbuild or rehabilitation schemes were undertaken in ten areas in Belfast. New social housing schemes completed in a number of areas including Tudor, Torrens, Roden Street & Lawnbrook and the Village Urban Renewal Area.The vesting orders for Parkside and Queen Victoria Gardens in Belfasr became operative in October 2011.
We have also continued to support the DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy. In addition to our representation on all of the Neighbourhood Partnerships driving the Strategy locally, we implemented several schemes in some of the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas, and administered the Small Pockets of Deprivation programme on behalf of DSD, delivering neighbourhood renewal funding to seventeen areas across Northern Ireland.
In rural areas, most of our regeneration activity has traditionally been through mainstream improvement and grant programmes, but in 2011/12 we introduced a rural regeneration fund through which we supported village plans and projects in over 20 rural settlements, contributing to the ‘Village Renewal’ strand of DARD’s Rural Development Programme where these will have beneficial housing or community outcomes.