Belfast Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan and Open Spaces Strategy

Closes 6 Sep 2019

Opened 17 Jun 2019


Belfast Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan (GBIP)

This is the first GBIP for Belfast.  It recognises that our vegetated areas (the green) and our waterways (the blue) provide a broad range of economic, social and environmental benefits in and around our urban areas.  These assets will only continue to provide us with these benefits if we actively plan, invest in and manage them to ensure that they are utilised sustainably. 

This Plan sets out an ambitious vision that by 2035 green and blue infrastructure will be strategically planned to enhance ecosystem services that benefit all living, working in and visiting Belfast.   

Belfast Open Spaces Strategy (BOSS)

Belfast benefits from a wide range of open spaces.  From the beautiful Victorian setting of the Botanic Gardens to the natural grandeur of Cave Hill Country Park, from the lawns of City Hall Gardens, to the smallest of local play areas, they all add to the overall quality of our environment and contribute to our city’s own unique identity. 

Protecting, developing and improving access to good quality open spaces for everyone improves people’s health and wellbeing, supports urban wildlife and biodiversity and encourages investment in the city’s economy.

The development of the BOSS was overseen by an advisory group made up of statutory, community and voluntary organisations.   This group worked with council officers to create a long-term vision for the future of Belfast’s open spaces, in line with the aspirations of the Belfast Agenda and Local Development Plan (LDP).

Links between the GBIP and BOSS

The GBIP and BOSS are aligned to regional and local policies and strategies.  The following diagram outlines this alignment.



The relevant documents are available, on request, in alternative formats - Braille, audio, large print, easy read. The council will also consider requests to produce it in other languages. If you require the documents in these or other formats please call us on 028 9091 8779.

 Consultation Engagement Events

We will be running a series of public consultation engagement sessions at various events in venues across the city throughout July and August. These will be uploaded on this page over the coming weeks, or email for further information.


Why We Are Consulting

We are now asking the wider public for feedback on all aspects of the draft GBIP and the BOSS. In particular, we welcome your views on the vision and strategic principles in both documents and the headline actions in the BOSS.   

Give Us Your Views


  • Drop by consultation event - Summer Rose Fair

    From 19 Jul 2019 at 14:00 to 19 Jul 2019 at 16:30

    Everyone is welcome to drop by our stand at the Summer Rose Fair, in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, where Officers will be present to answer any questions you have on the draft Belfast Green and Blue Infrastructure Plan and the Open Spaces Strategy. There will also be the opportunity for you to provide your feedback.


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