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Community Planning

Community Planning

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.

What does Community Planning really mean?

Put simply community planning is everyone working together to make life better for local people. It means planning ahead to improve the big issues that matter to people like health, education, employment, safety and the environment.

The people who deliver services will:

  • Listen to what is important to local people
  • Agree the things that need urgent attention
  • Agree how to tackle them within the money available
  • Keep everyone informed and involved in the community Planning process

Our first round of engagement took place in February and March 2015 with a range of workshops and an on line survey. This was followed by the establishment of 7 District Electoral Area Fora and a range of public meetings to discuss key local issues. 

A governance Structure has also been agreed which includes a Partnership Board and 4 Thematic Delivery Groups who will deliver actions towards meeting the outcomes in the Community Plan.

The Draft Strategic Community Plan has been drafted following widespread engagement with the general public. It includes 5 overarching outcomes which we will all work towards and a number of measures so we can monitor the impact of our actions in achieving these measures.

The full feedback report can be downloaded in the Downloads section below.

Community Planning Baseline Data  

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has compiled an evidence baseline document to support the next phase of engagement towards developing a Community Plan for the area. The report includes an extensive range of social, economic and environmental data.

We have compiled a range of baseline evidence. Please find attached a synopsis of some of this evidence and maps indicating social changes in the District.

The Draft Strategic Community Plan

Please click this link  to download The Draft Strategic Community Plan

Your comments

Please complete our survey and forward it by Wednesday 25 January 2017 to

See Below to download Survey:

Community Planning Survey

Community Planning Survey (PDF Version) 

Consultation Events
(Places are limited)

The public consultations are as follows;

2 December 10am-12pm in Newcastle

8 December 7pm-9pm in Newry.

Please specify which event you wish to attend. If you wish to attend a Consultation event please register by emailing

Or attend a Roadshow Event

  •   Wednesday 30 November @ 6.30pm Location: Dan Rice Hall, Drumaness
  •   Friday 9 December @ 7:30pm Location: Bridge Centre, Killyleagh

For all enquiry's please email:



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