Review of the area planning process (a)

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The area planning process continues and formal recommendations arising from it are now being brought forward as development proposals to amalgamate or close schools. At this point in the process the Education Committee requested some comment on five different aspects of the process: the impact of Area Planning to date; the validity of the surplus school vacancy calculation methodology; the Annual Area Profile information; the Needs Model (including as appropriate the implications of the Drumragh judgement); possible enhancements to the consultation and communication process;the facilitation of alternative cross-sectoral or cross-border solutions. This paper offers high level comment on each of these issues. In addition, the Education Committee facilitated a stakeholder consultation meeting in Parliament Buildings on 4 February, 2015. The broad themes that emerged in that discussion will also be mentioned in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPosition Paper: Area Planning
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherNorthern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - May 2015


  • education
  • northern ireland
  • planning


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