The Plan, entitled ‘Celebrating our Stars and Stories’, is the first of its kind for Northern Ireland and has been developed to help bridge the gap between spatial and community planning for the city. Instead of taking the traditional approach of focusing on physical sites and changes first, creative community engagement is at the heart of the place making process. The outcomes, suggestions and ideas from the community have been central to the development of this plan.
The Place Plan was supported by the Department’s Southern Area Regional Development Office and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and details the aspirations for the city that will be taken forward as a shared agenda for Armagh through collaborative partnership working.
The out workings of the Plan align to local strategies and seek to deliver upon key aims within the regional Community Plan. These carefully considered outcomes provide a guiding framework for organisations and individuals in Armagh to improve the spaces and places in the city. The four key themes for development focus on making Armagh a connected city, a greener city, an engaged city and a healthy city.
The entire process has shown the benefits of the place making approach when it comes to the planning, design and management of public spaces. The Department is delighted to have been involved with the development of the Plan and will continue to engage and collaborate with Armagh, City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to bring the Armagh Place Plan to life.