Belfast is a Mecca for academics interested in segregation and ethnic geographies. The population shows unusually high levels of segregation with indices above 90 percent in over 70 percent of the population (Fig. 1; Boal 1998 and 2002). Segregation is manifested in a complex mix of clearly defined physical barriers (peace walls) and multiple segregation (not only spatially, but also at work, leisure or at school, in addition income-based social segregation; cf. Smith 2001 and Doherty 1990). Sadly, the underlying reason is the legacy of 30 years of violent troubles. 12 years after the peace agreement sectarian tension is still prevalent today. Although the context seems highly complex, ethnical, social or cultural differences, frictions and misunderstandings can also occur in more settled environments and thus contest common community plannning processes.

Now, what are the implications for the planning system? How can spatial planning and regeneration be made possible? The situation…

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