Community Planning


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GET INVOLVED – Come to an engagement event





District Electoral Area

Wednesday 4 February 2015


Newry Town Hall


Thursday 12 February 2015


Market House, Ballynahinch


Tuesday 17 February 2015


Warrenpoint Town Hall


Wednesday 25 February 2015


Annalong Community Centre

The Mournes

Tuesday 3 March 2015


Castlewellan Lodge

Slieve Croob

Monday 9 March 2015


Down Arts Centre


Wednesday 18 March 2015


Mullaghbawn Community Centre

Slieve Gullion

Thursday 26 February

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Down Arts Centre

Council Wide

Tuesday 24 March

10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Canal Court Hotel

Council Wide

If you wish to download the Community Planning Questionnaire please click here

Please return your completed questionnaire by email to or post to Heather McKee, Community Planning Manager, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, O'Hagan House, Monaghan Row, Newry BT35 8DJ by 24 March 2015.

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. A truly effective plan must not only identify tasks that need to be completed to realise the shared vision, but must also identify who shall carry them out.

In looking at how we move forward on community planning, it is important to remember what we are trying to achieve. Irrespective of the definition of community planning, which is sometimes contested, we all wish to use the resources we have in the best way to achieve the best quality of life for the communities we serve.

This may mean, planning differently, working differently, thinking differently, being willing to collaborate and being willing to truly evaluate the impact of our actions. It also means that an environment needs to be created to promote innovation and creativity to try a different approach.

Newry and Mourne District Council, like many other organisations, has supported new approaches to development. In doing so the quality of life of our citizens has been improved which was, and should be, our chief aim.

Newry and Mourne District Council has developed an evidence based planning tool to assist with identifying need in our communities. It is called the Development Management Planning site and can be viewed at


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


To download a copy of the Community Planning Events for February and March 2015 Click here
To download a copy of the Community Planning "Have Your Say, It's Your Future" Click here


Development Management Planning Site

The Development Management Planning Site (DMP site) has been developed from learning captured by the Community Safety Partnership in Newry and Mourne District Council and Robert Shaw Community Logistics.
The DMP site is a web based 'datahub' that presents information from a range of organisations in a layered format. The site also allows for information from the community sector to be input and digitally mapped alongside statutory sector information. Analysed information is presented for each Newry and Mourne District Council Electoral ward on colour coded maps. For example an area which is red, may show above average levels of antisocial behaviour or call outs for the Fire Service.

The site shows collective need but also allows for exploration of demand on resources or service across a range of sectors. This information will enable all sectors to plan more efficient delivery of services and is therefore an important aid to Community Planning. In additions, the information on the DMP site can be used by the community and voluntary sectors to provide evidence based information to support funding applications. The DMP site provides a foundation for collaboration thereby providing more efficient, better targeted services for the communities we serve. In addition the DMP site can provide an opportunity to reframe existing approaches to development. Seeing development in terms of the substantive freedoms of people has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the process of development and also for the ways and means of promoting it. On the evaluative side, this involves the need to assess the requirements of development in terms of removing the unfreedoms from which members of society may suffer" Amartya Sen, 1999

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