Planning your place: getting involved

Are you interested in becoming more involved in how your area/place is being planned and developed, and how you can have a better say? Then the Department for Infrastructure’s online engagement sessions on Tuesday 25th May might be just for you. RSUA is being represented by Ciarán Fox.

This is a chance for you to hear from speakers from across Northern Ireland, the UK and Europe about engaging better with people and communities, those who are often most impacted by planning decisions. There will be opportunities for you to discuss and ask questions and to share your views on how we can improve community engagement in planning and place shaping. Your comments and ideas will help shape recommendations to enhance community engagement which will be presented to Nichola Mallon MLA, Minister for Infrastructure.


10.00 to 10.10amWelcome and Opening Remarks by Nichola Mallon, Minister for Infrastructure
SESSION 1Successful Placemaking
10.10 to 11.30amFacilitated by Angus Kerr, Chief Planner of Northern Ireland
SpeakersBen Addy, Sustrans
Community-led street design to support walking and cycling in Marks Gate,London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Ciarán Fox, RSUA
Open Ormeau Community Collective
SESSION 2Communicating Creatively About Planning
12.30 to 2.00pmFacilitated by Karen Smyth, Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA)
SpeakersRuth Montgomery, Rural Housing Association
Sion Mills Housing for All Scheme
Julie-Ann Bain, The Highland Council
Engaging Communities in the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
SESSION 3Open and Inclusive Engagement
4.00 to 5.30pmFacilitated by Dr Louise O’Kane, Community Places
SpeakersAdalberto Barreto and Roberto Falanga, Citizen and Participation Department, Lisbon MunicipalityLisbon’s Green Participatory Budget Dima Zogheib and Sogol Ayazi, Arup Belfast Urban Childhoods
SESSION 4Engaging Communities Digitally
6.30 to 8.00pmFacilitated by Dr Gavan Rafferty, Ulster University
SpeakersCharlotte Dove McCarthy, VU:CITY Digital Mapping and Engagement Speaker to be confirmed, Capita
Digital Planning Tools for Engagement

The sessions will take place online – joining instructions and further details will be forwarded beforehand and you can attend any of or all of the sessions – please state clearly which sessions you wish to attend and register via this email address:

If you would prefer to share your views in writing on how to enhance or improve community
engagement in planning, then please use the form available here: uk/articles/planning-engagement-partnership-pep