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New Control Note Builds Up Advice On Small Unit Housing

Published on Fri, 31 Aug 2001
The Department of the Environment has published a draft Advice Notice entitled ‘Small Unit Housing.’
Hilary Heslip of the Planning Service explained: "We want to provide supplementary planning guidance which aims to ensure that any proposals for small unit housing within existing urban areas, be it in cities or in towns, in villages or small settlements, maintain high levels of urban and environmental quality.
"Small unit housing can arise through the conversion of houses into flats, extension of houses, demolition and redevelopment, together with apartment, infill and backland development. This Development Control Advice Note provides practical advice on how matters of detailed design are best handled in relation to small unit housing, so as to create attractive and sustainable residential environments."
A copy of this draft DCAN No. 8 can be obtained from Planning Service Headquarters.
Comments on the draft should be sent, no later than Friday 28 September 2001 to:
Ms Hilary Heslip
Professional Services Manager
Planning Service Headquarters
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8GB

Notes to Editors

  1. This advice note supersedes a previous note produced in 1987, "Development Control Advice Note 8, Small Unit Housing – New Development in Existing Residential Areas".
  2. Development Control Advice Notes (DCANs) give general guidance to intending developers, their professional advisors or agents, and to the general public regarding the planning criteria to be applied when an application for a particular form of development is being considered. Such guidance may be taken into account as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.
  3. Further Information contact Paddy Murphy, DOE Press Office, Tel. 028 9054 0014
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