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Regional Development Strategy

Regional Development Strategy 2035

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy launched the revised Regional Development Strategy (RDS) 2035 at an event in the Waterfront Hall on 15 March 2012.  The event attended by representatives of central and local government, the business community, environment groups and the voluntary and community sector provided information on the key thrust of the new Strategy.

The document, an Executive Summary and the associated assessments can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link.

Framework for co-operation - Spatial Strategies for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Strategic planning in relation to territorial development is informed by strategies for Northern Ireland and Ireland through the Regional Development Strategy 2035 (RDS) and the National Spatial Strategy 2002-2020 (NSS) respectively.

Co-operation across borders in relation to long term territorial development is widely accepted as good practice within the European Union. Research shows that co-operation is important to foster a more beneficial approach on cross boundary issues and projects.

The RDS and NSS include several complementary and interrelated objectives. Strategic development issues, opportunities and challenges in relation to spatial planning are frequently shared in both the Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland jurisdictions.

Co-operation on these issues and challenges can help economic recovery through more effective planning and prioritisation of investment.

To facilitate practical co-operation, the Department of Regional Development in Northern Ireland and the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government in Ireland began work some years ago on the document ‘The Spatial Strategies on the Island of Ireland – Framework for Collaboration’ and published the framework in draft format for public consultation during 2010. In addition, the Framework has been developed in the context of the Spatial Planning Workstream of the British Irish Council.

The Framework, which is a non-statutory document, sets out the approach to be taken both by the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Government in co-operating in the implementation of their respective spatial strategies.

The Framework was approved by the Northern Ireland Executive on 27 June 2013  A copy of the document can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Rathlin Island Policy

Danny Kennedy, Minister for Regional Development approved the revised Rathlin Island Action Plan at the Ministerial Forum – Rathlin Island Action Plan meeting on 3 July 2013 on Rathlin Island.

The Minister commended the review process and the revised Action Plan and commented that he looks forward to receiving a report on progress in 12 months time.

A copy of the revised Rathlin Island Action Plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


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