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Snakes and Ladders at Open Botanic

We were pleased to contribute to Open Botanic 2023 - a festival organised by Forward South Partnership - to allow people to enjoy Botanic Avenue in south Belfast (one of the city’s most vibrant and busy thoroughfares) as a vehicle-free zone.  The event took place on a Sunday and included a range of family-friendly activities and games, music, arts and crafts - all enjoyed without traffic.  We were delighted to see local residents drop by to play our Snakes and Ladders Board Game and find out about how planning works. 



25 September 2023

Up to £1k, your way!

Today the Active Belfast Partnership is launching an exciting new Participatory Budgeting (PB) process across the Belfast City Council area - Up to £1k, your way! - If you have an idea around the theme of ‘Move more and eat well – to feel better’ you can apply for up to £1,000 to make it happen.  PB is being used so that residents can be more involved in the decisions that affect them.

You can find out more about the project here or check out this short video.

6 February 2023

Jargon Buster Series - Simplifying Planning Terms

Community Places is pleased to announce the launch of our Jargon Buster series. The Jargon Buster series will simplify and explain common but often complex terms used in planning. Our first series looks at terms associated with the Local Development Plan process.
Follow us on our social media platforms @communityplaces and use the hashtag #jargonbusters to keep up to date with the series.


2 February 2023

Guide to the Public Inquiry Process

As well as providing planning advice by telephone, by email and at our region-wide drop-in sessions we provide written guidance on a range of planning issues people and community groups need help with.  Our Guide to the Public Inquiry Process is now available to download here.


23 January 2023

New Planning Portal

The new Planning Portal for 10 of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland and the Department is now live.  You can use the Planning Portal to:

  • submit a planning application;
  • search, track or comment on an application;
  • make an enforcement complaint;
  • request a Regional Property Certificate;
  • respond to consultations.

Further information is available on the Department's website (you need register for an account on the portal to use some features).

Mid Ulster District Council has its own online portal

6 December 2022