The Urban Villages Initiative is a headline action within the NI Executive’s Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) Strategy and is overseen by the Executive Office.

Urban Villages Overview

What is the aim of the Initiative?

The Urban Villages Initiative 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.

How is the Initiative delivered?

The Initiative is delivered across 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)

Urban Villages Initiative Strategic Frameworks

Urban Villages Launch Event - 5 Areas Community Voice video Sept 2016

What difference has the Programme made?

Urban Villages FOCUS magazine - highlights some of the projects and work carried out in Urban Village areas. Urban Villages FOCUS magazine | The Executive Office (

Urban Villages News - find out what is happening across the five Urban Village areas. The Urban Villages - News | The Executive Office (





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. Area Based Plans

Contact details

If you have any questions, would like to learn more, or have a story to share about how the Urban Village Initiative has made a difference in your area let us know via email:

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