Where do I find the area plans?
There are five area plans in total, published by the five Regions. These are available on the Regions’ websites (links below) or on request from your Region.
When did the consultation start and finish?
The public consultation period ran from 19 March 2013 to 30 June 2013.
This extended public consultation allowed for wide-ranging discussion at local level.
What happens next?
After the consultation period ended the ELBs considered all the replies they have received and make any amendments they feel are necessary as a result of what they have been told. When the plans are finalised, they are sent to the Department of Education for its consideration. Following this, the Minister decides on the way forward.
Area planning on this scale is a continuing process rather than a one-off event. The current plans are ‘living documents’ that will be amended, enhanced and refined over time to adjust to changing needs and circumstances.
Are the proposals in the plan final?
If a significant change to a school is proposed, such as closure or amalgamation, the statutory Development Proposal process must be followed.