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Belfast HMO Subject Plan 2015
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 Subject Plan preparation and the Plan Proposals and they are material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals within the Plan area.
The Department has a rolling programme for preparation of new PPSs and review of existing PPSs.  Such statements 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. The following are of particular relevance to this Plan
Planning Policy Statement 1 – General Principles
This PPS sets out the key themes and guiding principles that underlie the Department’s overall approach to planning and the preparation of development plans including this Subject Plan.
Joint Ministerial Statement
This statement supersedes paragraphs 46 to 48 of Planning Policy Statement 1 – General Principles. In the event that there is a contradiction between the contents of this Statement and any other planning policy document including PPS1 the policy contained in this Statement will take precedence.
Planning Policy Statement 6 – Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage
This policy sets out the Department’s planning policies for the protection and conservation of archaeological remains and features of the built heritage. It embodies the Government’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 6 – Areas of Townscape Character
This document is an addendum to PPS6, ‘Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage’ and provides additional planning policies relating to Areas of Townscape Character, for demolition of buildings, new development and the control of advertisements.
In Conservation Areas and Areas of Townscape Character, the Addendum to PPS6 requires that housing proposals will maintain or enhance their distinctive character and appearance. Proposals involving intensification of site usage or coverage in the primarily residential parts of these designated areas will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances.
Planning Policy Statement 7 – Quality Residential Environments
This PPS complements the RDS and other PPSs mentioned in this section, and is aimed at achieving attractive and sustainable places through better design. It highlights the need for residential development in urban areas to respect its immediate setting, in order to avoid a level of intensification which can adversely affect local townscape character and identity.
Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 – Residential Extensions and Alterations
In March 2008 The Department published the final version of the policy document ‘Addendum to Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 7: Residential Extensions and Alterations’. This sets out the Department’s policy and provides guidance in relation to proposals for residential extensions and alterations. The key objectives of the policy are to
  • promote high quality in the design of residential extensions and alterations;
  • ensure that that such works are sympathetic to the original property;
  • respect the character of the local area, and
  • protect neighbouring residential amenity.
Planning Policy Statement 12 – Housing in Settlements
This PPS provides planning policy guidance for housing within the context of the Strategic Planning Guidelines contained in the RDS. The objectives are:
  • ·to manage housing growth in relation to housing need;
  • ·to direct and manage future housing growth to achieve more sustainable patterns of residential development;
  • ·to promote a drive to provide more housing within existing urban areas;
  • ·to encourage an increase in the density of urban housing appropriate to the scale and design to the cities and towns of Northern Ireland; and
  • ·to encourage the development of balanced local communities.
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