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Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland
Scheme Design: Scale and Impact

Key Information

  • Limited level of design is required, as the building is a small scale object in the landscape.
Limited level of design is required, as the building is a small scale object in the landscape.
The visual impact of your proposal on the landscape is the primary concern of the Department, and the impact of your scheme will be determined by the exposure of the site and the scale of the development.
The prominence of the development when viewed from key vantage points will determine the extent of the design requirements. Your proposals should present this information clearly in order to satisfy the Department that the scheme will integrate with the landscape. See 'Presenting your Proposals' later.
Where the site is visible only from some distance away and the house is a small object in the landscape, the Department will be mainly concerned with basic considerations.
In contrast, where a new dwelling of a substantial size is to be sited in the open, close to a public road, the Planning Service will require a comprehensive design dealing with every aspect of the scheme. See 'Design Checklist' later

Key Information

  • Exceptional level of design required, as the building is a large scale object in the landscape.
Exceptional level of design required, as the building is a large scale object in the landscape.
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