The past couple of decades have brought with them substantial changes to the devolved nations of the UK. Devolution has created the opportunity for a range of stakeholders to shape their surroundings in a way that is sensitive to the history and character of a place. As part of the Review of Public Administration (RPA) underway in Northern Ireland, the recent Planning Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 provides for the transfer of the majority of planning functions from central government to district councils. Alongside this, new ‘community planning’ powers will be introduced as part of local government reorganisation and new public policies to promote shared spaces and services, chiefly through the proposed Cohesion, Sharing and Integration (CSI) Programme. Taken together, these modernisation proposals aim to establish more effective arrangements for public participation and service delivery for a post-conflict country. However, the introduction of community planning inNorthern Ireland is not straightforward, particularly because it remains a ‘contested’ place that has a deeply divided society coming to terms with the legacy of ‘The Troubles’. The purpose of this paper is to explore critically both the emerging concept of ‘shared space’ and how the CSI programme can be considered in the new community planning arrangements to create a sustainable shared future in an otherwise deeply divided polity.
|Journal||Space and Polity|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Sep 2012|