Information about how the changes in councils next year will affect people and planning at local community level is available.

The reform of local government, due to be completed by April, will see the reduction of 26 councils to 11.

Community Places – a charity that gives free planning advice – also helps community groups and people who otherwise cannot afford consultants by providing advice on building extensions, housing building, wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable developments.

Community Places can help explain the changes to the new council boundaries in Belfast with regards to planning. Contact Clare McGrath