Collaborative Spatial Planning


The Collaborative Spatial Planning (CSP) Work Sector was established in 2009 in order to share expertise and learning across the eight BIC administrations and to make decisions on common policies and approaches on spatial planning issues. Collaborative Spatial Planning is defined as planning that goes beyond traditional land use planning to integrate policies for the development and use of land with other policies and programmes that influence both the nature and function of places.

Lead Administration

The Collaborative Spatial Panning (CSP) Work Sector is led by the Northern Ireland Executive.

Current Focus

The Collaborative Spatial Planning (CSP) work sector held its last meeting in May 2020 via a virtual platform as a result of travel restrictions related to the Covid 19 pandemic. The work sector was also due to meet in March 2020 in Jersey, however, due to the Covid19 pandemic this meeting was cancelled.

In November 2019 the Collaborative Spatial Planning and Housing work sectors held a joint Symposium in Belfast. The Symposium focussed on the subject of ‘Creating an Inclusive Future Vision for our Ageing Populations’. The symposium enabled key stakeholders to both speak and lead workshops.  Further details on the event can be found in the British Irish Council’s Annual Report for 2019/20.

Following close engagement between the Housing and CSP work sectors over the last twelve months, a joint meeting of the ministers of both work sectors had been planned for the second half of 2020.  However, due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the scheduling of this event is currently under review, though both work sectors are ambitious to convene this joint meeting as soon as practical to do so.

Further Information

Please see below some of the initiatives that the Collaborative Spatial Planning work sector have visited as part of their work programme across the eight Member Administrations of the British Irish Council.

The CSP work sector members visit sites managed by Guernsey Housing Association in St Peter Port.

Group members at the Aston Martin manufacturing facility at the St Athan Enterprise Zone in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.