Northern Ireland Planning Service

PPS 7: Quality Residential Environments
Preamble

The Department of the Environment is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development. The Department’s planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements and PPS 1 ‘General Principles’ advises that:
“Planning Policy Statements set out the policies of the Department on particular aspects of land-use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents will be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.”
This Planning Policy Statement, PPS 7 ‘Quality Residential Environments’, sets out the Department’s planning policies for achieving quality in new residential development and advises on the treatment of this issue in development plans. It embodies the Government’s commitment to sustainable development and the Quality Initiative.
The PPS is therefore of direct relevance to the public and those whose actions have a direct physical impact upon the natural or man-made environment including land owners, developers, government departments and agencies, district councils, other statutory undertakers and voluntary organisations.
The policies contained in this Statement apply to all residential development proposals with the exception of proposals for single dwellings in the countryside, which will continue to be assessed under the policies contained in the Department’s ‘A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland’ published in September 1993.
Nothing in this document should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project. All proposals for expenditure by the Department are subject to economic appraisal and will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.
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