Residents have their say
Published: Fri, 25 Sep 2015
Innovative consultation days exploring the future of two of South Belfast’s vacant developments sites are to take place today (Friday).
Communities in the Donegall Pass and Sandy Row will join us to have their say on the future regeneration of Hope Street and Posnett Street.
The events take place from 2pm until 6pm today at Donegall Pass Community Garden and Hope Street former Car Park in Belfast.
The creative ‘consultation days’ will be held simultaneously in the two areas to engage with local residents and other interested parties about their ideas for the long vacant sites.
In a departure from standard practice, consultants, officials and community representatives will be joined at and around the spaces by artists, DJs and street performers to open up a discussion with the public.
Development Plans for Posnett Street and Hope Street are being prepared by Strategic Planning and The Paul Hogarth Company, working closely with the Donegall Pass and Sandy Row community forums.
These plans will provide local people with an opportunity to voice their opinion and to explore a range of possibilities. This will enable us, in conjunction with the community, to identify guidelines that will inform the type of development that should happen at both locations.
Elma Newberry, our Assistant Director of Land & Regeneration Services said:
“These two events reflect our commitment to working closely with communities across Northern Ireland. The feedback collected from this process will inform our plans for the future of these two important sites.”
Explaining this innovative approach, James Hennessey from the consultant team said:
“I am aware of occasions when there has been little effort to reach out and engage with residents about the future of their areas. By setting up literally on site, and creating a fun and lively atmosphere, we want to make it easier for residents to share their views, whilst also physically demonstrating through interactive techniques the potential of these two important sites.”