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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Context: Regional Supplementary Planning Guidance

The Department’s publication, ‘A Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland’, issued in May 1994, provides guidance for all those who are considering building in the countryside of Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to improve the quality of design and to help ensure that new buildings fit into the landscape.
The Department’s publication, ‘Creating Places’, issued in May 2000 in furtherance of the Quality Initiative to improve the quality of new housing developments, provides guidance on the design, character and layout of new housing areas in Northern Ireland. The guide describes the contributions to quality and sustainability that developers will be expected to make through the design of new residential developments.
The Department also publishes and updates as necessary a set of Development Control Advice Notes, which explain the planning criteria, and technical standards, which the Department considers when dealing with specific categories or particular aspects of development in Northern Ireland. Development Control advice Notes are listed in Appendix 3.
It should be noted that the Department is continuously reviewing its regional planning policies and advice. It is therefore advisable to contact the Divisional Planning Office to ascertain the current relevant policies and supplementary guidance that apply within Ards Borough and Down District.
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