Publication of the Duncairn Gardens Development Study for Belfast

Date published: 22 March 2023

The Department for Communities has published a development study for the Duncairn Gardens area of Belfast.

The study was commissioned by the Department following calls from the local community in the Duncairn and Tiger’s Bay area to focus on areas of concern and outlines a way forward for the physical regeneration of the neighbourhoods.

The Duncairn Gardens Development Study, which is as priority for the Department, includes a number of recommendations to regenerate under-utilised land and buildings, address vacancy and dereliction, improve the local environment and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Department for Communities Director of Belfast Regeneration Patrick Anderson said:

“Duncairn Gardens and the surrounding area has suffered from an element of physical decline and increased anti-social behaviour in recent years.  These issues raised enabled the Department to commission a study to establish an action plan, designed to stimulate regeneration in the area.

“This includes a number of recommendations that - in the short, medium and long-term - will make the area a more positive place to live and work in.

“Regeneration is a key part of this Department’s work, but it needs to address more than physical development, looking more broadly at the social and economic needs of a community. And this can only be done in partnership, with both a wide range of stakeholder and, most importantly, local residents.

“With this in mind, I would like to thank all those who contributed to the study and who helped design a plan for the future of the area.”

Ailbhe Hickey, Acting Assistant Director Land & Regeneration at the Housing Executive, said;

“‘We have engaged with the Department for Communities on the Duncairn Development Study.  

“While plans are at an early stage, we will continue to work with landowners and engage with the community and wider stakeholders regarding development proposals.”

Notes to editors: 

Notes to editors:

1. The Duncairn Gardens Development Study was commissioned by the Department for Communities.  Carling Planning Limited, in association with Hawthorne Consulting, were appointed through a consultancy framework to produce the study at a cost of £35,000.

2. The Development Study can be viewed via the following link: 

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5. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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