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See link below from BBC website,

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8177191.stm

Quote:

"More than two square kilometres of wasted land in Belfast could provide housing for more than 20,000 people, a think-tank has said.

The Forum for Alternative Belfast said land was lying idle despite the city having a 10-year construction boom.

"Years of bad or mediocre redevelopment have isolated large swathes of the city," spokesman Mark Hackett said.

"It's hard to believe that an area the size of 500 football pitches is not being more productively used."

Mr Hackett said the land was all located within a two kilometre walk of the city centre.

"This important, valuable land could be better-used to make Belfast a more vibrant, cosmopolitan city that isn't disjointed by ad-hoc development," he added.

"We want to find out exactly how many people could be living within one and a half miles of the City Hall, however, our preliminary study indicates in excess of 20,000 extra people would comfortably be housed in the fractured inner city.

"With that comes the challenge of making new schools, parks and connecting with existing communities in an equitable manner - and doing so with development of enduring built quality."

The forum is bringing more than 70 of Belfast's leading architects, engineers, urban planners, arts experts, and community leaders together in a four-day 'summer school' to develop workable ideas to transform the city.

The 'Fill Up Belfast' project is being held from 17 August until 21 August at Queen's University Belfast.

"This is an intensive, voluntary effort by over 70 members to show civic leadership in the city," Mr Hackett said.

"The five-day 'think tank' will examine what would happen if we stopped leaving the development of our city to chance and instead started to plan a common vision for how we see ourselves in 2020.

"We want everyone to take part in the wider discussions. "

"Belfast is our city. It's our environment, and it's essential that we create and develop a place that's accessible, connected and safe."

I find the sections highlighted interesting, firstly re the:-

"Years of bad or mediocre redevelopment have isolated large swathes of the city," spokesman Mark Hackett said"

and the :-

"The forum is bringing ore than 70 of Belfast's leading architects, engineers, urban planners, arts experts, and community leaders together in a four-day 'summer school' to develop workable ideas to transform the city"

If there were years of mediocre redevelopment, who was it that was responsible for it? Could it not have been some of the urban planners, architects etc who may have been involved in these designs that are now being invited to the summer school to try and put forward resolutions..

Surely its the City Council Planning Dept and DOE that approved all this 'mediocre redevelopment' - such as in my opinion the area around the Waterfront Hall, a planning and design mess.. It could surely have been done much better, with buildings that comlement each other, and do not now completly overshadow the Waterfront Hall....

Will these 20,000 people be housed in family homes, with gardens etc - or will there be more apartment blocks?

Agree totally , people don't want to live in one bad flats and there is no shortage of land.

The bubble drove the "slums of the future" to be built , shame on the agencies that allowed it to happen :angry:

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Does Belfast have a housing shortage?

I've read numerous posts on hear and elsewhere about housing supply in NI. I read some time ago Jamie Delargy's saying on his blog, he wasn't aware of any housing shortage. (if JD don't know then who knows)

The most interesting thing for me is how we move forward from the Boom. As the BBC report "Years of bad or mediocre redevelopment have isolated large swathes of the city"

Any 20,000 houses are a drop in the ocean, especially with a population increase of 180k expected from 2006 - 2021.

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Does Belfast have a housing shortage?

I've read numerous posts on hear and elsewhere about housing supply in NI. I read some time ago Jamie Delargy's saying on his blog, he wasn't aware of any housing shortage. (if JD don't know then who knows)

The most interesting thing for me is how we move forward from the Boom. As the BBC report "Years of bad or mediocre redevelopment have isolated large swathes of the city"

Any 20,000 houses are a drop in the ocean, especially with a population increase of 180k expected from 2006 - 2021.

What Belfast needs is housing in the places people want to live in. There is plenty of land available across Belfast but perhaps it is on the wrong side of a peace line or across the river etc.

Never heard of this group. It would be interesting to hear what "more than 70 of Belfast's leading architects, engineers, urban planners" think of their work been described as "Years of bad or mediocre redevelopment [that] have isolated large swathes of the city". I would also love to see the solution 'arts experts, and community leaders' will provide.

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