Collaborative Spatial Planning

The lead administration for the Collaborative Spatial Planning work sector is the Northern Ireland Executive.

Spatial Planning looks at the significance of geography and place in public policy. Collaborative Spatial Planning explores how British – Irish Council Administrations can work together across borders to plan for and implement key infrastructure.

The Council agreed at its twelfth Summit in Cardiff in February 2009 to ask the Northern Ireland Executive to lead a work sector to examine the benefits that could be gained from collaboration on Collaborative Spatial Planning.

This work sector brings together officials from each of the Member Administrations who are responsible for national, island and regional development strategies. The group meets biannually to exchange information and perspectives on current spatial planning challenges.

At the Guernsey Summit in June 2014, the Council considered a paper produced by the work sector setting out the various positions of Member Administrations; noted the challenges and opportunities set out in the paper; and requested that officials continue to work collaboratively via the group to identify opportunities to work more closely with other BIC work sectors.

At the Glasgow Summit in June 2016, Ministers asked officials to focus on the Spatial Planning aspects of housing delivery including the factors that may impede delivery. The group proposes to: (a) develop an evidence base on the barriers and levers to housing and infrastructure deliverability; and, (b) make recommendations with a view to assisting integrated housing and infrastructure delivery. A report on the outcome of this work will be presented to Ministers at a Ministerial meeting in 2017.