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Community Places is a charity and social enterprise

We’re here to help you make sense of the planning system and ensure you have a voice in shaping the future of your local places and communities.

We offer free, impartial advice to those in need of planning expertise and guidance. We also support communities, as well as councils and other service providers on planning and engagement initiatives.

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Do you have an interest in how your community is evolving? There are many ways to get involved with Community Places.

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Who we work with

We work with individuals, community groups and community development networks, local councils, partners and the government.

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Planning Advice

Empowering people and communities through free, impartial planning advice.

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Community Engagement

Enabling communities to shape places and services through engagement and collaboration.

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Community Planning

Supporting Community Planning through collaboration, meaningful engagement and action.

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Participatory Budgeting

Promoting people-powered budgeting for inclusive, community-led change.

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Need planning advice?

We’re here to help. And we’re all about making it accessible with free, impartial advice on planning issues to individuals and community groups who cannot afford a planning consultant.

Call us now on +44 (0)28 9023 9444 or +44 (0)77 8364 9288 
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Membership and Community

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Become a member of Community Places and keep up to date with the latest news and changes in the planning system, engagement opportunities and networking events. You’ll also be invited to raise awareness of our work.

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