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Information Leaflet 7: Hierarchy of Planning Documents
Supplementary Planning Guidance

The Department also prepares planning guidance to supplement, clarify or illustrate by example its policy statements and plans. This can take the form of design guides such as the ‘Creating Places’ guide for residential development or guides prepared for Conservation Areas. It also includes a set of Development Control Advice Notes that explain the criteria and technical standards that the Department considers when dealing with specific categories or particular aspects of development.
Where relevant to a particular development proposal supplementary guidance will be taken into account as a material consideration in making decisions. The weight accorded to it will increase where it has been prepared following public consultation.
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