Successive attempts have been made to regenerate areas of the Greater Shankill. Despite some notable successes and the presence of community initiatives that are well established and respected, none has succeeded in transforming the area.
It is now recognised that a comprehensive and strategically based approach to the entire area is urgently needed and that piecemeal regeneration efforts are unable to produce lasting outcomes.
Despite numerous plans and proposals for different elements of the Greater Shankill there has not been a comprehensive vision for the whole area since 1969. Almost 40 years on, this Strategic Regeneration Framework provides the opportunity to:
a) fully assess the nature and extent of issues currently facing the Greater Shankill, and;
b) establish a set of strategically founded priorities by which to drive the reversal of its decline.