Corporate Planning is the process by which the council:
Responds to the ambitions of the borough
Outlines the priorities for the organisation in the coming years to meet those ambitions
Sets targets which indicate what the community can expect to see and by when
In other words, it is a means for setting out what we are trying to achieve, how we are going to do it and when the changes will be delivered. The main feature of our planning model is to keep it simple, focus on the things that matter and make it easy to monitor. This enables us to understand the key issues and take action if things start to go off track.
In Bury the starting point is the annual Forward Planning Event where the Executive and Management Board meet over several days each July to review progress, examine the challenges ahead and establish priorities for the coming years.
The choice of priorities is based on a range of factors including national demands, issues that local people tell us are important, objective data (such as the census, deprivation indicators, resident survey results, etc), council performance and resource availability. By taking a broad view of the council and its environment, efforts and resources can be focused on the things that will make most difference to the community.
The Bury Plan summarises the outcome of this process. The Plan (which is our Corporate Plan and Performance Plan rolled into one) is therefore a key document in communicating what we intend to do and how we will translate our ambitions into practical themes for departments to deliver.