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New Planning Guides Published

As well as providing planning advice by telephone, by email and at our region-wide drop-in sessions we also provide written guidance on a range of planning issues people and community groups need help with.  We have now published guides on:

For further information or clarification on any of the guides or advice on any planning issue please contact us.  Guides are all in PDF format and available to download by clicking hyperlinks above.  


11 August 2020

Minister Announces Temporary Changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation

DfI Minister Nichola Mallon has announced temporary changes to Pre-Application Community Consultation for major planning applications.  This removes the requirement for a public event as part of community consultation from 1 May 2020.  It will last for five months.  The change does not remove the need for community consultation - which will likely take place through online techniques. 




For more information click on the link below:



28 April 2020

Covid-19 Arrangements

Like many other organisations, we are now working remotely.  We have access to our cloud and other data and resources and are still able to continue our work and provide free, independent, confidential planning advice to community groups and people who need it.  To get in touch you can:

  • email; or one of our team;
  • call 07783 649288 (if the voicemail is on, please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible). 


21 April 2020

Planning Advice (Maghaberry)

We are continuing our series of drop in planning advice outreach sessions across the region.  Our next session will be held on Thursday, 12 March 2020 in Maghaberry Community Centre, Maghaberry between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm.  

Our Planning Advice Service is part-funded by the Department for Infrastructure and enables us to provide free, confidential, impartial planning advice to people and communities who cannot afford to pay a private consultant. 

You can drop into the advice session any time between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm to get one-to-one confidential advice from one of our planners.  There is no need to make an appointment.  We can give advice on: 

  • how the planning system works (applications; fees; enforcement; appeals);
  • planning policies;
  • your council’s decision making process; and
  • how to comment or object if you think a proposal or a development will have a negative impact on your home or your community.

You can also get advice by telephone (9023 9444) or by email (

6 March 2020