Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Context: Planning Policy Statements
Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) set out the policies of the Department on particular aspects of land use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents have informed the policies and proposals contained in the Plan and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals within the Plan area. Details of current PPSs are contained in Appendix 2.
The Department has a rolling programme for preparation of new PPSs and review of existing PPSs. In addition, a number of PPSs are currently being prepared by the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and Planning and Environmental Policy Group (PEPG) which will also apply throughout Northern Ireland. When forthcoming PPSs are published in final form, they will supersede the equivalent policies within the Plan.
PPSs may from time to time be revised to take account of changing circumstances, including experience gained through the development planning and development control processes. Good practice guides may also be issued to illustrate how concepts contained in PPSs can best be implemented.