The Urban Villages Initiative is a headline action within the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) Strategy, and is overseen by the Executive Office. It is designed to improve good relations outcomes and develop thriving places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension.

There are three inter-connected aims:

  1. To foster positive Community Identities;
  2. To build Community Capacity; and
  3. To improve the Physical Environment.

The five Urban Villages areas are:

  • Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan (North Belfast)
  • Colin (West Belfast)
  • EastSide (East Belfast)
  • Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets areas (South Belfast)
  • The Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street (Derry~Londonderry)

For more information or to view the Urban Villages Initiative Strategic Frameworks, access the link below:

The Urban Villages - News

Find out here about what is happening across the five Urban Village areas via the link below:

If you have a story to share about how the Urban Village Initiative has made a difference in your area let us know via email:

Urban Villages FOCUS magazine
Focus magazine Issue-12 - front cover
Focus magazine Issue-12 - front cover

Find out what’s happening in your local community by clicking on the image to view the latest edition of the Urban Villages FOCUS magazine.


Urban Villages magazine archive

Acces previous editions via the link below:




The Urban Villages Initiative - Area Based Plans

The Area Based Plans map out the investment across capital projects, community led and cross cutting programmes in each of the five Urban Village areas in Belfast and Derry~Londonderry and include information on the impact of the programme on people and places.

View the plans via the link below:



Short films

Below is a short film on each of the five Urban Village Initiative areas.

View footage which captures the voices of local people from the five Urban Village Initiative areas below.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact:

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