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Healthy Cities 21st Century

Planning for Healthy Communities – Engaging Local Expertise

How our neighbourhoods are planned plays a major role for people’s everyday lives, and through that their health and wellbeing. Local communities have first hand experience and expertise ofhow the built environment shapes their health, which can inform and support the development of planning policy and practice. The new planning system offers new opportunities to maximise use of this evidence.

This event was designed for community sector professionals and offers an opportunity to explore how planning influences health, and explore the role of the community sector in influencing healthy urban environments. It also provided an opportunity to contribute views on the draft Belfast Planning Service Statement of Community Involvement, which is currently out for consultation. Planning authorities are required to engage the community in developing the new Local Development Plans. Drawing up a Statement of Community Involvement is the first step in this process, which offers an opportunity to integrate local level evidence into the development plan.

The event chair was John McCorry, North Belfast Partnership; speakers were Wilson Lambe, MBE, Ballysillan & Upper Ardoyne NeighbourhoodRenewal Partnership, Dermot O’Kane, Belfast City Council and Jonna Monaghan, Belfast Healthy Cities

Presentations

Planning and public health – creating healthy cities

Jonna Monaghan  Belfast Healthy Cities

The New Planning System

Dermot O'Kane   Belfast City Council