Community Planning is an important new statutory power which has been handed to Derry City and Strabane District Council as a result of local government reform.


Community Planning is one of the most significant powers of the new Derry City & Strabane District Council, giving people a greater say in how services are delivered in their local area.  ONNP are contributing to the emerging [strategic] Community Plan for the district as well as the locality plan for the Ballyarnett DEA (District Electoral Area).  This involves raising awareness and engagement with local residents and C&V groups to help shape the long-term social, economic and environmental regeneration of the Council area.  It also involves re-shaping and aligning the Outer North Neighbourhood Action Plan with the 3 pillars and 8 identified priority themes of the Community Plan :- Community Development; Children & Young People; Health & Wellbeing; Education & Skills; Entrepreneurship, Enterprise & Regional Competitiveness; Toursim, Arts & Culture; Physical & Environmental Regeneration; Energy, Infrastructure & Transport. 

The development of the Community Plan was officially launched on Thursday 4th June 2015 across the entire Council district. Since then thousands of local people have engaged with the process of developing an exciting and ambitious new strategic plan which will shape the future of Derry and Strabane to the benefit of all.

At the heart of the Community Planning process is the commitment to enhancing the delivery of public services to ensure we are improving the well-being of all our citizens, and the plan will set out to address the specific needs of the city and district as identified by the people who live here.

Significant progress has already been made through this wide and inclusive process of engagement which is the result of partnership working at its best. The final Plan will draw on the substantial resources and expertise of those agencies and organisations best placed to enhance the social, economic and environmental prospects of our city and district, working in tandem with local people across eight community areas – the seven District Electoral Areas plus Strabane Town.

We are approaching the final stages of this engagement process – it is anticipated that Council will detail the outcomes identified in the overarching Community Plan and the aspirations of the eight individual Local Community Plans (shaped by the public’s recommendations) in mid 2017. Both plans will go through a phase of Public Consultation in spring 2017 – if you are interested you can once again give your views online or at local consultation events – check out


Local Community Plans

A local Community Planning forum / group is being established in the Ballyarnett District Electoral Area (in essence Greater Shantallow) as well as 6 other District Electoral Areas and one in Strabane Town. These forums will play a key role in shaping public service delivery in your area so we really want everyone to engage and get involved.

The 8 local Planning Areas are:


You can still have your say on how to improve your area as part of the Local Community Planning process.   The next round of workshops will be taking place at venues across the city and district in the Spring and are open to everyone.

Council want to hear from local residents, businesses, community groups, voluntary groups and organisations to shape a plan to improve local community areas.

The consultation and co-design workshops offer the chance to develop a plan to address areas of greatest need in your area - whether it’s effectively tackling anti-social behaviour or developing a community arts programme – Council want to hear what would most benefit you.

Each local plan once completed, will integrate with the wider strategic Community Plan to ensure the overall objectives and actions filter down and impact positively on each area.

You can register to be kept up to date with latest information on the Local Community Plans.

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