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Community Places Free Planning Advice

Wednesday 2nd May
Community Places, 2 Downshire Place, Belfast BT2 7JQ


Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 6th May
Mourne Mountains


Belfast Roadshow on Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday 8th May
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 3 Cromac Quay, Ormeau Gasworks, Belfast BT7 2JD

Sustainable NI Carbon Management Training

Wednesday 9th May
Parliament Buildings, Belfast
See above


An Evening Walk in Spring

Saturday 12th May
Belfast Area

Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13th May
Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry


Bluebell Stroll with the Ranger

Saturday 19th May
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Glenoe Geology Walk

Saturday 19th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh – Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 20th May
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co–Armagh


Carbon Management Course

Wednesday 23rd May
Inspire Business Park, Newtownards
£225 (No VAT to pay)


Country Fair

Sunday 27th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th May
Adult £4, Child £2


New Sustainable Planning Guide 4 August 2015

Places for People – a sustainable planning guide for councillors




For over fifteen years, Sustainable NI has worked closely with councils to advise, encourage and celebrate the pursuit of sustainable development in Northern Ireland.

For many years, councils have delivered services that have been informed and coloured by the principles of sustainable development. Through work that includes their promotion of economic renewal, their investment in community facilities and their support of local environmental initiatives, councils have been at the forefront of good practice. Last year, Sustainable NI produced a video film to showcase some of their achievements.

Now, the 2014 Local Government Act provides a fresh mandate on sustainable development for the eleven new councils. Among other significant new powers, the Act places an obligation on councils to undertake Community Planning, which is defined as a process to improve the social, economic and environmental well–being of a district and to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Northern Ireland.

The 2014 Act augments and strengthens the existing statutory duty on sustainable development, which dates from 2006; there is a new duty on councils to report annually on Performance Improvement. That annual report will cover seven themes, one of which is sustainability. In addition, councils have acquired the responsibility for land–use planning.

Over the last year, councillors have had the opportunity for extensive training on planning and community planning, in preparation for these new duties. That training focused primarily on the processes involved, the legal obligations and the council structures.

Now, Sustainable NI has produced a new publication, Places for People – a sustainable planning guide for councillors to supplement that training. With an introductory chapter tailored to each of the eleven councils, the guide goes on to examine eleven sustainability themes, illustrating good practice from each new council district.

Its aim is to inspire and enthuse, to spotlight some of the wonderful natural and built heritage assets that are to be found in every district throughout this region, to support councillors in the delivery of their new responsibilities.


The sustainable planning guides for each of the 11 district council areas can be downloaded via the links below:


Places for People – Antrim & Newtownabbey

Places for People – Ards & North Down

Places for People – Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

Places for People – Belfast

Places for People – Causeway Coast & Glens

Places for People – Derry City & Strabane

Places for People – Fermanagh & Omagh

Places for People – Lisburn & Castlereagh

Places for People – Mid & East Antrim

Places for People – Mid Ulster

Places for People – Newry, Mourne & Down