East Bank Development Strategy: public consultation

Closed 29 Sep 2017

Opened 7 Jul 2017

Results updated 13 Feb 2018

The consultation process on the strategy produced some interesting, positive and useful feedback. Partly because of this feedback, we have undertaken further analysis to better understand the potential impact of our strategy on the environment, on people from rural areas, and on good relations. We have also considered if it might have any impact from the perspective of equalities or disability concerns.

We are now undertaking a second consultation where we would like to hear your views on our secondary analysis, whether you agree with our findings or whether you think there are others factors we need to consider. Copies of all of our analysis, and the original draft strategy, can be found online with the follow up survey here: https://yoursay.belfastcity.gov.uk/development/east-bank-development-environmental-rural-and-equa




We’ve developed a strategy for an area east of the River Lagan described as the East Bank, and we’d like to hear your views on our proposals. Our aim is to inform planning and investment decisions that will impact the long-term development of this area.

The area comprises 43 acres with a long frontage of 865m along the river. It runs from the SSE Arena car park at its northern end to the Sirocco Works site to the south and is bounded by Short Strand to the east.

The draft strategy contains proposals for how the area might be developed and better connected to the city centre and the communities adjacent to it.

Our vision

“By 2030, East Bank will be fully woven into the fabric of the city centre. It will be lively, diverse, accessible and well connected to the city core, the River Lagan and surrounding communities; providing places to live, work and socialise.”

We want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to comment on our East Bank Development Strategy so that we can ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the many needs of our city and those who live, work and visit here.

The full draft strategy can be downloaded from the link towards the bottom of this page.

The following Google map shows the general East Bank area:


What happens next

Thank you to everyone who completed the East Bank Development Strategy Public Consultation survey.

The consultation closed on 29th September and we are now carefully considering the consultation responses received. As part of our consultation, we looked at the East Bank area in terms of the environmental impact of potential development. It has been concluded that an environmental assessment of the East Bank Development Strategy is required.

This decision to carry out an SEA was confirmed in the Determination Response from the Consultation Authority, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 13th October 2017.

Copies of Screening Report and the Determination Response are available to be downloaded:

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Preparation of the environmental report into the draft Strategy is now underway. This will be the subject of public consultation in early 2018. The finalised East Bank Development Strategy will be reported back to the Council for approval after that consultation is complete.

More information
If you would like a more information about the East Bank Development Strategy, please contact:

The City Centre Development Team,
Chief Executive’s Department,
Belfast City Council,
c/o Cecil Ward Building
4-21 Linenhall Street

Call 028 9027 0303 0202 or email invest@belfastcity.gov.uk


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