The North West Strategic Growth Plan – A Model for Regional Development and Growth of the North West of the Island of Ireland and current North West City Region Ireland/Northern Ireland Statement of Regional Priorities are available below for viewing and download.
North West Regional Development Group
The North West Regional Development Group is an all-council working group, the purpose of which is to develop, agree, implement, monitor and report on work programmes across the agreed three Regional Development Pillars (Regional Economic Growth and Investment; Regional Physical and Environmental Development; and Regional Social and Community Cohesion and Well-Being) – at least initially); and, on an ongoing basis, to promote and support a cohesive approach to North West working and the mobilisation of a range of resources to support work programmes.
The work of this Development Group will centre on ‘place-building’; on aligning the priorities and objectives of the different bodies throughout the region incl. various units within local government (especially as it pertains to the LECP and Community Planning processes). It is envisaged that upon identification of priority themes, task groups will be organised around each – and will involve other relevant key regional stakeholders; which in turn would contribute to a clear diagnosis of needs, opportunities, threats, and spatial patterns.
The Development Group meets every two to three months; with membership of the Grouping including elected representatives from each Council and the CEOs and Senior Directors of the Councils. The work of the Group is supported by a secretariat – based in Derry City and Strabane District Council. Engagement with key regional partners/stakeholders and regional/national government takes place through sectoral sub-groups, with these key regional partners/stakeholders invited to participate in and attend full meeting of the Group as appropriate.
Through this model, both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council are stressing the importance of strategic, joined-up action – with a strong weight attached to regional advocacy.