Belfast Region City Deal

City Deals are bespoke packages of funding and decision-making powers negotiated between central government and local authorities.

The Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) comprises the six councils of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.  

Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement in November 2017 that BRCD negotiations would be opened,  a major programme of work has been established to develop a detailed, ambitious proposition. 

It’s designed to deliver a step change in our region’s economic fortunes and help achieve our vision of inclusive growth, agreed by all council partners.  

As a first step, the partner councils have been working with city and region stakeholders, including politicians, the private sector, universities and colleges to complete a robust analysis of our competitive strengths, the key economic challenges facing the region – and what our most pressing needs are.  

This research has helped to shape the four pillars of our ambitious proposition: 

  • Employability and skills
  • Innovation and digital
  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism

Download and view the draft documents below:

Ards and North Down Belfast Region City Deal Overview (PDF - 2.4MB)

Draft Proposition document (PDF - 3.2MB)
Industrial Strategic Framework (PDF - 3.7MB)
Digital Vision and Strategy (PDF - 13.3MB)
Employability and Skills Proposition (PDF - 1.28MB)
Belfast Region Infrastructure Investment Framework (PDF - 2MB)

The central goal is to deliver more and better jobs; accessible to people from all communities.  

The BRCD partners believe that this is a once in a generation opportunity to press the ‘fast forward’ button on our community and economic development plans, improve our competitiveness and enhance quality of life.  

Negotiations with colleagues in Northern Ireland Civil Service, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Treasury, as well as the universities and colleges, will continue over the coming months to develop an emerging programme of regional investment.