The Big Plan

Monday 19th December 2016

‚ÄčOpen now for consultation

A number of people involved in Community Planning

What is a Community Plan?

Ards and North Down’s Community Plan is a document setting out future aspirations for the people who live, work and visit the Ards and North Down Area.

We have called our Community Plan 'The Big Plan for Ards and North Down'. This is because it is ambitious and takes a holistic approach to what we want to achieve for Ards and North Down by 2032. The Big Plan does not focus on which organisation is responsible for which public service; instead it concentrates on the result or outcome we want to achieve. Implementing The Big Plan will involve actions plans that focus on how to improve the indicators and outcomes identified via the Big Conversation as being important to people who live and work in this borough.

About this Consultation Process

The problems that The Big Plan seeks to address have been identified via extensive consultation (The Big Conversation) with individuals, communities and other stakeholders. The community planning process embraces fairness, equality and equity. During the Big Conversation engagement activities, we were aware that all those consulted directly, or on behalf of those they represent, identify with multiple characteristics and groups. However, if any individuals or representative groups wish to discuss their concerns, focused consultation meetings will be facilitated.

This consultation process seeks to gather feedback on whether the outcomes and their selection are clear, if it is obvious what issues each outcome is trying to resolve, and whether people think the indicators selected are the correct ones. Finally, feedback will be welcomed on potential improvements to services or new programmes and initiatives, that will help work towards the outcomes.

An audio version of The Big Plan for Ards and North Down is available.

Responses to this consultation can be made in writing to:

Community Planning Manager
Ards and North Down Borough Council
Town Hall
The Castle
BT20 4BT

By e-mailing:
By completing an online survey 
Or collecting hard copies from Town Hall, Bangor or Church Street, Newtownards.

Consultation closes on 1 March 2017