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PPS 7: Quality Residential Environments
Annex B: Planning Policy Statements

Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) set out the policies of the Department of the Environment on particular aspects of land-use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents must be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to individual planning applications and appeals.
Supplementary planning guidance (SPG) support, clarify and/or illustrate by example planning policy statements and plans. This can take the form of design guides such as the award winning ‘Living Places’ an urban stewardship and design guide for Northern Ireland or guides prepared for Conservation Areas. It also includes a set of Development Control Advice Notes that explain the criteria and technical standards to be considered when dealing with specific categories or particular aspects of development. Where relevant to a particular development proposal supplementary planning guidance will be taken into account as a material consideration in making decisions.
Where appropriate reference to ‘the Department’ within the following planning policy and supplementary planning guidance documents should now be read as ‘the council, or as the case may be the Department or the Planning Appeals Commission’.

Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) and Other Policy Publications

Issued for Public Consultation

Published

A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland

The provision of A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland remain in force for those topics not covered by a PPS or other policy publication. Where applicable, its contents must be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to individual planning applications and appeals.

Other Policy Publications

Other policy publications include:

Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)

Design Guides

Design Guides promote the importance of good quality design for specific areas or aspects of land-use planning. These include:

Development Control Advice Notes

Development Control Advice Notes set out the criteria and technical standards to be considered when dealing with specific categories or particular aspects of development.
Issued for Consultation

Other Supplementary Guidance

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