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Community Planning Overview

What is Community Planning?

Community Planning is the public sector agencies, the community and voluntary sector and businesses in your area working together to deliver better services and better outcomes.

What is Community Planning trying to do?

Community Planning is a new way of working together.  It will focus on how different organisations can collaborate and work better together to use all the resources available to achieve the best results.  In the medium to long term Community Planning will mean more effective and more efficient service delivery which will benefit local residents.

Who should be involved?

It should involve not just the public sector agencies, but also churches, schools, community and voluntary groups, sports clubs, local businesses and other key organisations.  Most importantly it must involve residents of the area and ensure that they have their say on how to make life better in their area.

Why should I get involved?

The agencies which will be involved in developing and implementing the Community Plan deliver services which affect all of us.  Whether it is the education of children, the care of the elderly, making healthier choices, protecting our community or growing our local economy – all of these things are important to us as individuals, as families and as communities.

Who’s on the Community Planning Partnership?

The Council will lead the development and delivery of the Community Plan working in partnership with the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, Education Authority, Health and Social Care Board (Northern Region), Invest NI, Libraries NI, NI Fire and Rescue Service, NI Housing Executive, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Police Service NI, Public Health Agency, Sport NI and Tourism NI.

Where are we now? 
The first Draft Community Plan for the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey is now available and can be downloaded below.

As the Community Planning Partnership has worked to develop this plan, we have talked to individuals and families who live here and to large and small organisations which are based here. As a result of this engagement, we know that there are many reasons why our citizens love living here but we also know that there are areas where things could be improved.
What is the aim of the Community Plan?
Our aim is that the Community Plan will provide a framework through which we can sustain and grow the positive aspects of life in Antrim and Newtownabbey, and challenge and change the things which could be improved.
By reviewing the evidence in the baseline reports (available to download below) and talking to our citizens and stakeholders, we have developed the Draft Community Plan to reflect the issues which are important to the people who live here.


What happens next?
The Draft Community Plan is now available for public consultation and comment.  This document sets out our ambitions for Antrim and Newtownabbey and how we will measure our success in achieving these. We know that to achieve these ambitions there is no “one size fits all” approach. During 2017, the Community Planning Partnership will begin to develop an action plan for each of the seven District Electoral Areas in Antrim and Newtownabbey. This area based approach will help us to tailor the implementation of the Community Plan to the specific needs of different parts of the Borough.
How do I comment?
We need you to help shape the place where we live and work and help us to make the Community Plan a reality by giving us your views. The Community Planning Partnership set out to develop a plan which reflects the priorities of our citizens. Tell us how well you think we have done by being part of the consultation process. The consultation period closed at 5.00pm on Wednesday 12th April, if you have any feedback please email: [email protected]


Related Downloads:

pdf icon Community Plan June 2017 (10.5MB)

pdf icon Baseline - Economic Report 

pdf icon Baseline - Social Report 

pdf icon Baseline - Tourism and Environmental Report 

pdf icon DEA Map (8.5MB)