A City Deal is a bespoke package of funding and decision making powers agreed between central government and local regions; aimed at helping to harness additional investment, create new jobs and accelerate inclusive economic growth.
The Belfast Region City Deal signals a new way of collaborative working. The BRCD is comprised of 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, working in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University, the Further Education colleges across the Belfast Region and the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
The Belfast Region City Deal has been developed by all six partner councils. Each organisation brought forward their own proposals and the final list of projects was agreed by the BRCD partners and submitted on 28 September 2018 to the NI Secretary of State and senior officials from the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The BRCD includes proposals for the following projects in the Ards and North Down area:
- Bangor Waterfront Regeneration
- Innovation and Digital Capabilities