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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Introduction: Plan Policies and Proposals

The policies and proposals contained in the Plan constitute considerations that the Department will take into account in determining planning applications within the Plan area. The contents of the Plan must be read as a whole as often several policies may be relevant to a particular development proposal. The policies and proposals contained in the Plan should not, however, be read as the only tests of acceptability for development proposals.  In making its decisions, the Department will also assess proposals against all planning policies and other material considerations that are  relevant to it. The contents of the Plan must therefore be read in conjunction with the relevant  contents of regional policy publications and supplementary planning guidance documents. In order to ensure that there is no public misunderstanding of these Plan policies and  proposals,  it must be recognised that there may be occasion when other material considerations outweigh one or more of these. Each case must be considered on its merits to assess whether an exception would be justified but the provisions of the Plan policies and proposals will prevail unless there are other overriding policy or material considerations which outweigh them and justify a contrary decision.
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