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Mutual learning


1. through official meetings, seminars, and workshops; the production of papers, maps, and outline development schemes; and through other interactive means such as a project website, over the project period, to contribute to the learning and ‘unlearning’ about planning in the region, in partnership with the key stakeholders, so that an appropriate form of community and spatial planning in Northern Ireland can be developed to: (a) facilitate a more participative and inclusive process of civic engagement in plan-making; (b) link local neighbourhood development strategies – particularly those in the most disadvantaged areas - with wider  sub-regional planning; and (c) directly address the issues of segregation of residential housing, based on sectarian and racial markers, and the linked inefficiencies of duplicated services and obstacles to sustainable development;

2. to work in collaboration and mutual learning with other related projects concerned about the promotion of inclusive development for a peaceful society, such as Groundwork, the Housing Executive, and the Community Relations Council;

3. in working with the transition process over the next three years, (whereby the Planning Service is working with Belfast City Council in one of three pilot programmes across the region to test the governance structures and capacity needs for a transfer of planning powers to local Councils) to provide research analysis and policy guidance relating to ‘planning for cohesion’.

4. to work with, and provide training for, public servants and other civic stakeholders involved in the delivery of new policy, guidance and practice through the new planning system.

Contact Information

  • Queen's University Belfast
  • School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
  • David Keir Building
  • Stranmillis Road
  • BT9 5AG
  • 028 9097 5427

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