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Extra Protection For Our Townscapes

Published on Tue, 23 Aug 2005
New planning policies will aim to protect the distinctive character and appearance of our towns and villages.
Announcing the publication of the new Areas of Townscape Character policies, Environment Minister, Jeff Rooker, said: "These policies underline my commitment to the protection of built heritage in Northern Ireland. The mix and layout of buildings of different ages, styles and functions add to the quality of life of local communities.
"I want to reinforce the local identity of our townscape areas through the appropriate control of demolition and by ensuring that new development proposals respect and, where possible, enhance the appearance and qualities of each area. This will help maintain their distinctive character for future generations.
"I am also encouraged by the public support for the introduction of demolition control for buildings in Areas of Townscape Character in December 2004. This has assisted in retaining those buildings that make a positive contribution to the character of these areas and will continue to do so."
Jeff Rooker also stressed that everyone involved in development in a townscape area, particularly those living there, should seek to ensure that any work to property respects and is sympathetic to the particular qualities of the area.

Notes to Editors

  1. The new policies for Areas of Townscape Character are set out in an Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 6 "Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage". Copies of the Addendum to PPS 6 can be accessed on this website.
  2. Planning Policy Statements set out policies on particular aspects of land-use planning and other planning matters and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents are taken into account as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and appeals.
  3. An Equality Impact Assessment has been prepared to accompany publication of PPS 6 Addendum and is also available on the DoE website.
  4. Media enquiries contact DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0003
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