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PPS 1: General Principles
The Department's Approach to Planning: Quality Development

14. In January 1996 the Government introduced the Quality Initiative in Northern Ireland with the aim of promoting the importance of good design and quality in the built environment. The initiative requires the Department to secure a higher quality of design, layout and landscaping than that provided in the recent past, particularly in relation to new housing developments. This will require a more sensitive and responsive approach by developers, one that identifies and makes positive use of the assets of a site and the characteristics of its surroundings to determine the ultimate form of development.
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