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Community Planning and Delivery Outcomes

Ulster University
Access and Distributed Learning
Contact Provider
Those responsible for or interested in community planning.
University Of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, County Antrim, United Kingdom

This course explores community planning from different perspectives to examine the expectations and qualities of contemporary community planning in terms of integrated service provision. It discusses the evolving concept of community planning in the context of people and place, enabling a richer understanding of communities of place, interest, identity and politics, for creating resilient service delivery and sustainable communities. It provides a platform to debate the interplay between community planning, regeneration and spatial (land use) planning to develop and implement a shared vision that will improve wellbeing and inform spatial change.

The course will in particular consider:

  • The challenges represented by a diverse range of stakeholders involved in community planning.
  • The effective, integrated and transparent delivery of local services for people and places.
  • How community empowerment and social cohesion relate to community planning.
  • The role of people and communities in the planning, development and regeneration process that contribute to the building of resilient communities and places.
  • Key socio-spatial issues related to community planning and how these relate to land use planning.

In recent times, there has been a greater emphasis on providing services that meet community needs by actively involving communities in shaping the nature of the services and infrastructure in specific localities. The rationale for this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the evolving concept of community planning for creating resilient service delivery and sustainable communities. As part of an extensive Review of Public Administration, Northern Ireland will be the last of the devolved nations to introduce some form of community planning. Notably, community planning provides a framework within which Councils, departments, statutory bodies and other relevant agencies and sectors can work together to develop and implement a shared vision. Community planning represents the most recent expression of policy and institutional arrangements to secure the effective, integrated and transparent delivery of local services alongside a sense of wellbeing for people in defined places.

Entry Requirements: Any undergraduate degree

Start Date: 23 September 2015

Delivery: This course requires attendance on Wednesdays 11.15am - 1.15pm during the 12 week semester (September to December).

Assessment: 100% Coursework – written assignment and individual presentation.

Location: Jordanstown Campus

Credits: 15

Cost: £416.25

Cost applicable for UK/EU applicants only. Applicants resident outside of UK/EU should contact [email protected] for a quotation in relation to the cost of the course.

This course is part of a framework of postgraduate professional development opportunities. If you wish, you can study a range of short courses over a period of time and build credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Once you have successfully completed a combination of short courses worth 60 credits in total, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Full details of available courses can be found at

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