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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Water Northern Ireland Conference 2018

Thursday 22nd February
Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Road, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast BT8 7XP
Contact for details

Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


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