IPH Submission: Belfast City Centre Northside Urban Village Regeneration Framework
Belfast

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is an all-island body which aims to improve health in Ireland by working to combat health inequalities and influence public policy in favour of health. IPH promotes co-operation in research, training, information and policy in order to contribute to policies which tackle inequalities in health. 

IPH welcome the opportunity to comment on the Department for Social Development, Draft Regeneration Framework for the North West Quarter Part 2 area of Belfast City Centre, the ‘Northside Urban Village’. The Framework outlines the vision for the redevelopment of an inner city area of Belfast. It is recognized that a number of social, economic and environmental factors influence health. 

Urban regeneration has major implications for health as it includes not only physical redevelopment but also issues such as education, employment, environmental conditions, housing, welfare and healthcare. Urban regeneration can also help to address health inequalities at a local level, as the areas where regeneration is undertaken are usually marked by poor economic and social conditions.

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