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, we’ve established a major programme of work 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

You can download and view Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Overview for BRCD.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Overview.

Our 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.

We’ll be sharing updates on the Belfast Region Deal on Twitter using #brcitydeal 

Heads of Terms

Heads of Terms document (PDF - 1MB) has been signed by the Secretary of State Karen Bradley and BRCD partners. Business cases will now be prepared for the 22 projects proposed under the Belfast Region City Deal.