Community planning is a new power that we've taken on as a result of local government reform. Public services will work together with communities to deliver real improvements for local people.
We will lead the community planning process and work with a wide range of partners, including representatives from the statutory, business, higher education, community and voluntary sectors, to develop a long-term plan to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the city.
Our community plan will be known as the Belfast Agenda. It will be the city’s strategic plan for the future. It will provide a simple and clear framework for a wide range of plans and strategies which we'll take forward at both a city and local area level with our partner organisations.
Community planning is linked to our new powers. We'll be addressing social issues, spatial planning and place shaping as part of these duties to improve the wellbeing of residents throughout the new council area.
As the lead organisation in the community planning process in Belfast, we are required, by law, to produce a community plan every four years from April 2015.
We have been preparing for community planning over a number of years, through pilot programmes and existing partnerships which have provided is with a strong platform for the future.
Community planning will provide a central point of focus for this work as we create one strategic vision for the city.
The following organisations have been named as community planning partners in legislation. They have a specific duty to participate in the community planning process.