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Belfast Agenda

Belfast Agenda 2017

Belfast Agenda - Belfast’s first community plan 

Following an extensive period of engagement and consultation, we published our city’s first community plan in November 2017 – the Belfast Agenda.


Community planning is a responsibility we took on in 2015 as a result of local government reform. It’s about making sure that public services work together with communities to deliver real improvements for local people. 

Over the past two years, we have been asking residents and organisations in Belfast to tell us what kind of city they want for the future and what are the things we should be focusing on now to make this happen. People told us that they want a city that provides a high quality of life for everyone who lives here and for the city to be a great place to work, study, visit or set up and grow your business. 

The Belfast Agenda was created by a partnership of key city partners, residents and community organisations. The plan sets out our joint vision and long-term ambitions for Belfast’s future, as well as outlining our priorities for action over the next four years. 

Community Planning: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sectors

Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life.  

The Community Planning Partnership is currently working to strengthen participation and representation of groups and organisations from these sectors in the community planning process. 

During 2019, we have been engaging with groups and organisations working in these sectors, and feedback received has helped to shape our approach. The Community Planning Partnership has now agreed to proceed with implementing new arrangements. Key elements of the model being taken forward include:

  1. Establishing a Sectoral Advisory Panel to facilitate participation and articulation of sectoral views in community planning partnership governance structures 
  2. Establishing a VCSE sectors network for Belfast to improve communication and engagement across the sector
  3. Strengthening VCSE sectors participation in action planning activity to ensure key VCSE stakeholders can contribute to action planning and delivery through working groups and other activities convened by the Partnership

We will shortly be opening calls for people working/volunteers in these sectors to:

  • Register interest to be part of a Belfast VCSE Sectors Network, to receive information and updates on community planning of interest to your sector, along with opportunities to engage and participate in community planning activities; and
  • Submit nominations for selection to a VCSE Sectoral Advisory Panel, to advocate and reflect views on behalf of these sectors in the Community Planning Partnership.

We will be publicising these new arrangements widely in the coming months. Look out for further information including details of information events, on our website and social media channels. 

Technical report

We have produced an accompanying technical report, which provides you with further information relating to the ambitions, stretch goals and population indicators. Together these measures give us a sense of whether our city is heading in the right direction.

The technical report will also be used to facilitate ongoing monitoring, ensuring that each indicator is now measurable in a very open and transparent way.

Consultation feedback summary report

Approximately 200 organisations and 2,000 individuals have contributed to the development of the Belfast Agenda through a series of consultation and engagement events.

As the convening authority for Belfast, we are immediately turning our eyes to delivery and working with a number of key partners that are integral to delivering the Belfast Agenda.

Related documents

More information

If you would like a more information about the Belfast Agenda or community planning please contact: 

The Community Planning Team 
Belfast City Hall, Room 212  

Call 028 9032 0202 ext 3320 or email

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Policy and Planning Team
028 9027 0234
Belfast City Hall