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PPS 1: General Principles
Development Plans

35. Development plans may be in the form of area plans, local plans or subject plans. They apply the regional policies of the Department at the appropriate local level. Development plans inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and land use proposals that will be used to guide development decisions within their local area. Development plans provide a basis for rational and consistent decisions on planning applications and provide a measure of certainty about which types of development will and will not be permitted. Development plans are the primary means of evaluating and reconciling any potential conflict between the need for development and the need to protect the environment within particular areas.
36. The Department will monitor existing plans and assess the need for new or altered plans. The programme of plan preparation is kept under review. The Government has given a commitment to introduce, in due course, legislation providing that development plans will have prime importance in the determination of planning applications.
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