Northern Ireland Planning Service

Derry Area Plan 2011
Introduction: A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland

In September 1993 the Department published “A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland” and in May 1994 published “A Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland”. The extant sections of these documents apply to those parts of the Derry City Council area lying beyond the proposed City Development Limit.
The strategy sets out the Department’s broad objectives and policies for land use and development within the rural area. It provides a comprehensive framework for the preparation of development plans for individual District Council areas. The Derry Area Plan 2011 translates the policies set out in the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland into the local context.
The Department has begun progressively to replace the Planning Strategy. The topic sections are currently being replaced by a series of Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) which will apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. In the meantime the Planning Strategy will remain in force in respect of those topics not covered by a PPS.
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