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Planning in the Countryside

Published on Mon, 27 Mar 2006 by
The Department of the Environment (DOE) Planning Service has published advice on how it will apply the recent draft proposals to protect Northern Ireland's countryside.
This is in response to the high number of enquires following the launch of the new draft Planning Policy Statement (PPS 14) "Sustainable Development in the Countryside."
A Planning Service spokesperson said: "The new draft policy has raised many operational issues and it is understandable that applicants and agents have questions to ask in relation to their own applications. However, our local planning offices have been experiencing a significant increase in telephone enquires over the past week and this is placing additional pressure on what are already busy offices.
"We have therefore prepared advice in the form of question and answer material which captures the main theme of our customers' concerns. For example, current outline planning approvals will remain valid and applications already in the system will generally not be affected."
The advice is available on this website and customers are encouraged to check out the website before phoning their local office.

Notes to Editors

  1. The draft Planning Policy Statement 14 - "Sustainable Development in the Countryside" was published by the Department for Regional Development on 16 March 2006. It sets out the new policy and will replace the relevant existing policies contained within the rural planning policy document - "A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland" [DOE 1993].
  2. The draft policy impacts mainly on the operational side of the Planning Service business, that is, the processing of planning applications.
  3. For media queries please contact the DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0013.
Draft PPS 14 was withdrawn in November 2008. Draft PPS 21 (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 345 KB) sets out the new planning policies for development in the countryside.
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