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Belfast Healthy Cities puts November focus on healthy urban planning

- Weekly community based seminars begin this Friday -


With smart planning and innovative policy, the physical areas we live in can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. That’s the view of the World Health Organization

initiative in Northern Ireland, Belfast Healthy Cities who have organised a month of seminars in November in partnership with the four Belfast Area Partnerships and East Belfast Community Development Agency on healthy urban planning.

Each seminar will focus on a specific area and will hear from experts in the aspects of community planning. Local speakers will be joined by experienced policy makers from Glasgow, Newcastle, Carlisle, Liverpool and London who will outline their experiences in improving health and wellbeing through good policy and planning.

Belfast Healthy Cities Chief Executive Joan Devlin said,

“These five seminars are designed to strengthen connections between local communities, policy makers and relevant specialist stakeholders. We want community based professionals to learn more about how the physical environment shapes community health and wellbeing, as well as how communities can effectively inform policy making.”


The series provides an overview of how spatial planning can help develop good physical and social living conditions.

It focuses on 5 themes;

•   People friendly neighbourhoods;

•   Transport;

•   Greenspaces;

•   Mental wellbeing and

•   Children and Older People.

The first seminar takes place this Friday 4th November in the West Belfast Partnership Board and will look at People Friendly Neighbourhoods. Speakers include a Belfast City Council representative, Dermot Glackin from the West Belfast Partnership and Etive Currie, Senior Planner, Glasgow City Council. The seminar runs from 9.30am and closes with lunch at 12.30pm.

The visiting speakers over five events include:

•   Etive Currie, Senior Planner, Glasgow City Council

•   Ali Lamb, Transport Engagement Officer, Newcastle City Council

•   Phil Gray, Neighbourhood and Greenspace Manager, Carlisle City Council

•   Professor Rhiannon Corcoran & Graham Marshall, Pro Social Place, Liverpool

•   Clarissa Carlyon, Creative Producer, Hackney Cooperative Developments, London


To find out more about the seminar series and book your place, contact Laura McDonald by emailing