Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Context: Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland (the Rural Strategy), published in September 1993, contains a number of strategic policies, but essentially comprises a compendium of planning policies setting out, on a topic basis, the factors that the Department takes into account when reacting to development proposals. It applies throughout the Plan area.
The Department has begun progressively to replace the Rural Strategy. The strategic section of the document has been superseded by the RDS, whilst the topic sections are progressively being replaced by PPSs. In the meantime, policies within the Rural Strategy, which have not been superseded by PPSs, will remain in force.