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Participatory planning in Northern Ireland: the `learning community' approach
Document begins: Participatory planning in 14 Northern Ireland: the `learning community' approach Rachel Naylor, Nick Mack and Lesley Baillie Northern Ireland context refers to exclusion from social, Introduction economic and political processes, not only due to reasons Northern Ireland is a society deeply divided along politico- of poverty, gender, disability, ethnic group or sexual identity religious lines. It has seen very little participatory planning. but also associated with politico-religious belief. The Governed by `direct rule' from London for the last 25 years, `community you come from' is a distinct marker of identity. it has no democratic local government equivalent to `parish `Two communities' are generally recognised: a community councils'. This `global' situation may be changing with the with predominantly Protestant and Unionist1 sympathies creation of a new provincial assembly and moves towards and a community with a mainly Roman Catholic and new local government regions. However, it has been largely Nationalist2 allegiance, although the picture is of course left to civil society to make up for the social exclusion from more complex than this. Most people live in `single-identity' the planning process which is part of this `democratic areas. Activities that aim to involve both communities are deficit', although there have ...