Belfast Telegraph

Belfast's first urban villages named

Two areas of Belfast – one in the east and one in the west – have been designated 'urban villages' by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

The Colin and the Lower Newtownards Road areas have been handed the status under a Government strategy to improve good relations and to build a shared society.

The Together: Building A United Community Strategy published in May 2013 outlined that four urban villages would be established to create and stabilise change within communities.

Peter Robinson said: "These two urban villages offer the community the opportunity to utilise innovative and visionary proposals to make real and lasting change in areas that have seen years of decline, market failure and low social capital."

Colin has been chosen as an urban village because of the specific challenges it faces as a large urban area with a high population of roughly 26,000, which suffers from a distinct lack of social infrastructure.

The Lower Newtownards Road is a recognised area of high urban deprivation and decay.

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