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Community Planning

What is Community Planning?

Photograph of someone looking at a Task and Finish workshop document

The new Community Plan will set out a long term vision for the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the area and will set out the priorities for the Mid and East Antrim area, including areas such as Health, Environment, Education, Economic and Social Regeneration, Good Relations and Safety.

On Wednesday 1st April 2015, the new Mid & East Antrim Borough Council took on responsibility for the delivery of the Planning and Community Planning for new Council area. Locally, we will lead the Community Planning process, which is a statutory duty, by working with a wide range of statutory partners and local communities to develop a shared vision for the area, which relates to all aspects of community life and involves people working together to plan and deliver better services which will make a real difference to people’s lives.

A wide range of work has taken place including:

  • Community Engagement: Council has delivered a number of community engagement events in order to begin the process of establishing the key themes for the new Community Plan. Council will continue to engage with the local community as the process continues to ensure they are central and integral to the process to make sure a robust Community Plan is developed.
  • Evidence Gathering: In addition, a key component in the effectiveness of the Community Plan is ensuring there is a robust evidence base developed and Council has engaged the services of a statistician to analyse a wide range of data to inform the new Community Plan.
  • Creating Governance Structures:  Council has developed a Community Panel that will represent the views of the local community, and work in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and local and statutory partners to develop the first Community Plan for the area. There is a robust governance structure put in place to ensure the Community Plan is developed and delivered competently.

The Local Government (Community Planning Partners) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 came into operation from 15th March 2016.  The purpose of this is to specify certain persons and bodies as Statutory Community Planning Partners of councils. This legislation places a duty on those persons and bodies to participate in community planning for the district in which it conducts its function and assist the council in fulfilling its community planning duties under Part 10 of the Local Government Act (NI) 2014.

The tables below identify the Statutory Partners cited in the Local Government (Community Planning Partners) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016, and the non-Statutory Partners agreed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, respectively:

Statutory Partners cited in the Local Government (Community Planning Partners) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

Public Health Agency Health & Social Care Board
Northern Health & Social Care Trust Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Education Authority Police Service for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Invest Northern Ireland
Tourism Northern Ireland The Sports Council for Northern Ireland
The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools The Northern Ireland Library Authority

Non-Statutory Partners agreed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Translink Northern Regional College
NI Water The Consumer Council
Transport NI Youth Justice NI
Patient & Client Council  

A copy of the Order is available to download here.

We are also working closely with a range of community and voluntary partners to establish representatives who will be our community partners together with Section 75 groupings who will represent a wide range of organisations dealing with the elderly, carers, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities etc.
These include:

  • Ballymena East Rural
  • Bann Maine West
  • Ballymena South
  • North Ballymena
  • Larne Community Development Project
  • Carrickfergus Community Forum
  • North Antrim Community Network
  • South Antrim Community Network
  • Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership
  • Inter Ethnic Forum (Mid and East Antrim)

We have produced a Community Planning Guide (below) which explains what community planning is, who is involved, and how it is governed, which we hope you find useful: