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Regional development strategy - RDS 2035: building a better future

Regional development strategy - RDS 2035: building a better future

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Sustainability, Environment, Development & Planning


Sets out the Regional Development Strategy (RDS) for the future development of Northern Ireland to 2035, addressing economic, social and environmental issues aimed at achieving sustainable development and social cohesion. Provides an overarching strategic planning framework to facilitate and guide the public and private sectors. It takes account of key driving forces such as population growth and movement, demographic change, the increasing number of households, transportation needs, economic changes, climate change and the spatial implications of divisions that still exist in society.


Supersedes Regional development strategy for Northern Ireland 2025 (DRDNI, 2001); Shaping our future. Adjustments to the regional development strategy (RDS) - 2025 and Shaping our future. Regional development strategy - first 5-year review: report of the process, key findings and planned actions (both DRDNI, 2008); and Shaping our future - regional development strategy (RDS) 2025. Consultation - 10 year review (DRDNI, 2011).




Publisher History

Now known as the Department for Infrastructure (DFI). The Department for Regional Development's aim was to improve quality of life by securing transport and water infrastructure and shaping the region’s long-term strategic development.



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