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Community Planning

Living Well Together

Community Planning is a process whereby councils, statutory bodies, and the community work together to develop and implement a shared vision for promoting the well-being of their area and pave the way for the most efficient use of scarce resources. Legislation- Local Government Act (NI) 2014 Link to

It involves everyone working together to make life better for local people and deliver real improvements. It means planning ahead to improve the big issues that matter to people like health, education, employment, safety and the environment.

The Newry Mourne and Down Community Plan has a long term vision supported by 5 outcomes;

Newry Mourne and Down is a place with strong, safe and vibrant communities where everyone has a good quality of life and access to opportunities, choices and

high quality services which are sustainable, accessible and meet people’s needs.”

The very first Community Plan has just been published for our area, following a series of meetings with local residents, community and voluntarygroups and statutory partners. This plan provides an exciting new vision and represents a new way of working for community planning partners as we all work together to improve the quality of life for local people.

Four thematic groups have been established to lead the development of delivery plans for Health and Wellbeing, Economic Development, Regeneration and Tourism; Environmental and Spatial Development and Safety and Good Relations. These will demonstrate and prioritise the key actions our community planning partners are progressing to make real changes and real differences for local people and areas.

The Community Planning Partnership will oversee the implementation of the delivery plans and monitor progress on an ongoing basis. 

For all enquiries please email: 

 Performance Improvement

Part 12 of the Local Government Act (NI) 2014 sets out a general Duty of Improvement for local government, whereby all District Councils must put in place arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the exercise of their functions.  We are also required to set annual improvement objectives for the services we provide and to have in place arrangements to achieve these objectives.

Performance improvement objectives should focus on enhancing the sustainable quality of life and environment for communities and ratepayers, and demonstrate clear links with the Community Plan for Newry, Mourne and Down and the Council’s Corporate Plan.  Each performance improvement objective should seek to bring about improvement in at least one of the following aspects:

  • Strategic effectiveness
  • Service quality
  • Service availability
  • Fairness
  • Sustainability
  • Efficiency
  • Innovation

Annual Performance Improvement Plan

The annual Performance Improvement Plan forms part of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Business Planning and Performance Management Framework.  It sets out what the Council will do to address the issues which matter most to local communities, outlining what we want to improve, how our performance will be measured and what positive outcomes stakeholders can expect to see as a result of our improvement activity.  The Performance Improvement Plan 2017-18 was agreed by the Strategy, Policy and Resources Committee in June 2017 and we will monitor our progress throughout the year in delivering our five performance improvement objectives.

The Performance Improvement Plan 2016-17 can be accessed here: (Click Here)

The Performance Improvement Plan 2017-18 can be accessed here: (Click Here)

Assessment of Performance

The Local Government Act (NI) 2014 requires all Councils to publish performance information.  By 30 September each year, the Council is required to publish a retrospective assessment of improvement for the previous financial year.  This assessment will provide an overview of how we have performed against:

  • Our performance improvement objectives
  • Statutory performance indicators and standards for economic development, planning and waste management, as set out in The Local Government (Performance Indicators and Standards) Order (NI) 2015
  • Self imposed performance indicators and standards

The assessment of Performance 2015-16 can be accessed here: (Click Here)

The Assessment of Performance 2016-17 can be accessed here: (Click Here)

A summary of the Council's performance highlights during 2016-17 and performance improvement objectives 2017-18 can be accessed here:
(Click here) for the English version
(Click here) for the Irish version

Audit of Performance Improvement

The arrangements the Council has put in place to secure continuous improvement are subject to an annual audit and assessment by the Northern Ireland Audit Office.  The Local Government Auditor will undertake:

  • A forward looking assessment of the Council’s likelihood to comply with its duty to make arrangements to secure continuous improvement
  • A retrospective assessment of whether the Council has achieved its planned improvements

Subject to the General Duty of Improvement being met, the Northern Ireland Audit Office will issue a Letter of Assurance to both the Council and Department for Communities.

The Annual Improvement Report 2016-17 can be accessed here (Click Here)

The Audit and Assessment Report 2016-17 can be accessed here (Click Here)

How to Propose New Performance Improvement Objectives

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council welcomes your ongoing feedback on the performance improvement objectives 2017-18, as well as any suggestions you may have on how we can improve our services in the future.  We can we contacted in the following ways:

In writing:                

Kate Bingham

Head of Performance and Improvemet

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

O’Hagan House

Monaghan Row


Co Down

BT35 8DJ

Telephone: 0300 013 2233


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