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Council Lead the Way With New Planning Initiative For School Children

19 May 2015

Pictured at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Planning My Place event, the first council initiative of its kind, are Judith Winters, Senior Planner; The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg and Councillor Roderick Swann, Chair of the Planning Committee. Joining them in the picture are children representing Straid, Maine and Loanends primary schools.


To celebrate Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council gaining its new planning powers on 1st April, the new Planning Section, in partnership with the Royal Town Planning Institute, held a weeklong event for school children to explore the planning that goes into designing a healthy and enjoyable place to live and visit.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, the first council in Northern Ireland to introduce such an event, invited pupils from each of the Borough’s Primary Schools to take part.  The Planning My Place workshops consisted of different activities designed to introduce the children to planning and encourage them to consider how their local environment could be improved. During the sessions the children were introduced to urban design, land use mapping and had the opportunity to plan their place using a purpose built model.

Speaking at the opening of the event, the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg said:

“The Council recognises the important role young people have to play in shaping our future and this is just one of many events that they will have the opportunity to take part in. This particular event prompts them to think about what they like and dislike about their local environment and encourages them to help shape where they live.”

Judith Winters, Senior Planner for the Council and event organiser said:

“Children are the long term stakeholders in society. I believe it is important to introduce them to planning early in their education and let them know how they can become involved in planning for their local area. Feedback from those who attended the event has been very positive, and the children were engaged and enthusiastic. It was a pleasure working with them this week”.

For further information on the Planning Section, please visit. www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/planning


photo from the event
Ballycraigy PS

photo from the event
Ballynure PS

photo from the event
Mossley PS

photo from the event
Rathenraw PS

photo from the event
St Joseph's PS

photo from the event
St Oliver Pluncketts PS

photo from the event
Whiteabbey PS