Saturday, 22 March 2014

Democracy, Community and Well-Being: Shaping a New Planning System for Northern Ireland / 26 March, 5.30pm

The Northern Ireland Planning system is currently facing its greatest institutional reform for a generation, as planning powers are transferred to local authorities in April 2015. This shift will be accompanied by major opportunities to re-orientate the planning system around the needs of local communities, as it will coincide with a new duty to promote well-being through the planning system and will sit alongside a new council responsibility for Community Planning. Dr. Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association will argue that in order to make the most of these opportunities, they should be accompanied by a new vision of how the planning system can contribute to the economic, environmental and social needs of Northern Ireland. 

Proposed District Councils - Post 2015.

Dr. Hugh Ellis was previously senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth and lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school. Since joining TCPA Hugh has led major policy initiatives, including the Planning and Climate Change Coalition and the 2013 ‘Planning out Poverty’ report, which focused on how the planning system can be used to address social exclusion. 

Hugh Ellis talk followed by a panel discussion on the main challenges to the Northern Ireland planning system, including the draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement. The event will also include an opportunity for audience participation in these important issues.

The event will be followed by light refreshments. This event is free, but please register your place using the link here: 

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 5.30pm / Room LG 024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AG.

Friends of the Earth welcome your questions about planning at this event. Please submit them in advance to [email protected] As many questions as possible will be put forward for public participation and discussion with the panel. Opportunity to submit questions will close on Monday 24 March 2014 at noon.

For further information, please contact Colette Stewart ([email protected], 028 90233488 or Prof Geraint Ellis ([email protected], 02890974370).

This event is jointly organised and supported by the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, Friends of the Earth (NI), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the National Trust and Community Places.

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