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Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Planning Strategy: The Strategy Environment

The Strategy contains specific policies to protect the beauty of Northern Ireland's landscapes and to safeguard our natural and man-made heritage. The Department will ensure that environmental effects are assessed as an integral part of decision making within the planning process. Conservation Policies will help to promote Northern Ireland's international reputation in environmental matters and thus assist in the attraction of inward investment.
The Strategy sets out principles for the sitting, design and landscaping of new development in rural Northern Ireland. This will be supplemented by further advice in the form of a design guide for development in the countryside.
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