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People and Places - A Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal


Department for Social Development, Northern Ireland

Subject Keywords: Communities suffering deprivation
Type: Strategy
Region: Northern Ireland

In June 2003, Government launched “People and Place – A strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal”.  This long term (7 – 10 year) strategy targets those communities throughout Northern Ireland suffering the highest levels of deprivation.  Neighbourhood Renewal is a cross government strategy and aims to bring together the work of all Government Departments in partnership with local people to tackle disadvantage and deprivation in all aspects of everyday life.  
Neighbourhoods in the most deprived 10% of wards across Northern Ireland were identified using the Noble Multiple Deprivation Measure. Following extensive consultation, this resulted in a total of 36 areas, and a population of approximately 280,000 (one person in 6 in Northern Ireland), being targeted for intervention.  The areas include:
  • 15 in Belfast,
  • 6 in Londonderry and
  • 15 in other towns and cities across Northern Ireland.
Neighbourhood Partnerships have been established in each Neighbourhood Renewal Area as a vehicle for local planning and implementation.  Each Neighbourhood Partnership should include representatives of key political, statutory, voluntary, community and private sector stakeholders.  Together, they have developed long term visions and action plans designed to improve the quality of life for those living in the area.



Rights: © Crown copyright
Suggested citation:

Department for Social Development, Northern Ireland. (2003) People and Places - A Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th October 2019].


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