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Community Planning: Helping to shape your local community


Since April 2015, Northern Ireland’s 11 Councils have been responsible for leading on community planning.

Community planning provides an opportunity for public service providers to work in partnership to address local problems, deliver better services and make a real difference to people’s lives. Community planning also enables processes to be put in place to ensure local people and communities are genuinely engaged in decisions which affect them.

Each of the Councils are tasked with working with statutory bodies, including the Health and Social Care Board, voluntary and community groups and the private sector to publish draft Community Plans. These Plans describe a shared, long term vision to improving social, health, education, economic and environmental wellbeing. A period of public consultation is required for each of the Community Plans and many Councils have organised public meetings. The Councils are all at different stages as outlined in the links below.

The Local Commissioning Groups of the Health and Social Care Board have been helping to design the Community Plans from the outset. Paul Turley, lead for the South Eastern Local Commissioning Group, attended the launch of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s draft Community Plan. He said; “It makes sense for everyone to get involved in community planning. By working together, we can achieve agreed goals, reduce duplication of services and create new and innovative ways of working to improve services for everyone who lives and works in the area. Local people now have a unique opportunity to shape their future.”

If you would like to learn more about the Community Plan for your area and obtain further consultation details, please get in touch with your local Council or view your Council’s website online.

The Councils are all at different stages as outlined in the links below but all consultations must be completed before the end of March when Plans will be submitted to the Department of Communities.