Community Planning

Fermanagh and Omagh Community Planning

Community planning brings together partner organisations from the public, private and community/voluntary sectors. Partners work together with local communities to deliver better public services which meet local needs and to improve the lives of local people.

Community planning is a new statutory duty which came into operation on 1 April 2015 as part of the full implementation of local government reform. As the lead partner, the Council is responsible for making arrangements for community planning in its area. You can find out more about the statutory duty here.

The Community Plan – Fermanagh and Omagh 2030

Community Planning Partnerships have to produce a long-term strategy for their area, based on a thorough analysis of needs and priorities, aimed at improving social, economic and environmental wellbeing, and contributing to sustainable development.

Our Community Plan for our district – Fermanagh and Omagh 2030 can be downloaded from the related files panel on this page.

The Community Plan will be supported by three Thematic Action Plans – one for each of the three themes, ie, People and Communities; Economy, Infrastructure and Skills; Environment. These are currently under development. A list of the strategic actions which were recently consulted upon and which will inform the detailed action planning process are provided in the related files panel on this page. (NB: these are subject to review taking account of consultation feedback).

Fermanagh and Omagh Community Planning Partnership

The partners who make up the Strategic Partnership Board are:

* Business Community (representatives of Economic Stakeholder Reference Group)

* Community/Voluntary Sector (representatives of CVS Forum)

* Council for Catholic Maintained Schools

* Department for Communities

* Department for Infrastructure

* Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

* Department of Education

* Education Authority

* Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

* Health and Social Care Board

* Invest NI

* Libraries NI

* NI Fire & Rescue Service

* Northern Ireland Housing Executive

* Police Service of NI

* Public Health Agency

* Sport NI

* Tourism NI

* Western Health and Social Care Trust

The Strategic Partnership Board will be supported by three Thematic Delivery Groups and by a Policy/Performance Support Forum. The structures are illustrated by the diagram in the related files panel on this page.

For further information contact the Community Planning Team, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council by telephoning 0300 303 1777 (calls charged at local rate) or email

An ‘Outcomes Based Accountability’ Approach (OBA)

The Fermanagh and Omagh Community Plan aims to address the big issues affecting our district and recognises that many of these will take joined up effort and time to change.  In order to manage this process, we have adopted an ‘Outcomes Based Accountability’ (OBA) approach which provides a method of thinking and taking action that is simple, common sense and uses plain language.

This Plan focuses on the results or ‘outcomes’ we are aiming to achieve and the following structure and language applies across the Community Plan:

  • Outcomes – the conditions of wellbeing we want for our children, families and the community as a whole (i.e., all people in Fermanagh and Omagh) – for example ‘Our people have improved physical health and mental wellbeing’
  • Indicators – a measure which helps to demonstrate how well we are progressing towards an outcome – for example ‘The number of residents suffering from hypertension’

For those who want to know more about this approach, please view the training videos below.