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YOUth Making it Happen!

An exciting new youth led and designed PB process has launched today across the Derry and Strabane District Council Area. Over the last few months young people from across the city have been involved in shaping and designing the YOUth Making It Happen! PB process.

The young people on the co-design team commented on their experience: "We’ve really enjoyed working on the project, we got to choose the themes and were involved in every aspect of the decisions – this has made it more youth centred and the process much more open. The fact that so many people will be involved in making the final decision about who will be funded makes it much more democratic. We’re not making assumptions about what people want, we’re letting them choose and that’s really important.”

Mayor Tierney joined some of the team for the launch this week at Guildhall Square, and praised the work that has gone into the PB process to date. "Participatory Budgeting offers a real opportunity to empower local people and actively involve them in decision making and the distribution of support within their local areas," he explained. "Council were keen to involve young people in the delivery of this PB resource, and I'm extremely impressed at the progressive ideas and creative approaches that the youth co-design team have come up with. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 they have remained committed to the project, and are really keen to inspire other young people to participate in bringing about positive change."

You can find out more about the YOUth Making It Happen PB process at and get involved to have a direct say in how the budget of £20,000 is allocated across the city.

Watch the YOUth Making It Happen! video


8 September 2020

New Planning Guides Published

As well as providing planning advice by telephone, by email and at our region-wide drop-in sessions we also provide written guidance on a range of planning issues people and community groups need help with.  We have now published guides on:

For further information or clarification on any of the guides or advice on any planning issue please contact us.  Guides are all in PDF format and available to download by clicking hyperlinks above.  


11 August 2020

Minister Announces Temporary Changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation

DfI Minister Nichola Mallon has announced temporary changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation for major planning applications.  This removes the requirement for a public event as part of community consultation from 1 May 2020.  It will last for five months.  The change does not remove the need for community consultation - which will likely take place through online techniques. 




For more information click on the link below:



28 April 2020

Covid-19 Arrangements

Like many other organisations, we are now working remotely.  We have access to our cloud and other data and resources and are still able to continue our work and provide free, independent, confidential planning advice to community groups and people who need it.  To get in touch you can:

  • email; or one of our team;
  • call 07783 649288 (if the voicemail is on, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible). 


21 April 2020