Derry Area Plan 2011
Part 5: Built Environment
The District contains a rich legacy of archaeological and historic features, the result of some 9,000 years of human activity. There are examples of standing stones, stone circles, court tombs, crannogs and raths widely distributed throughout the District. Later periods of settlement have provided other important landmarks such as the City Walls, fortified houses, grand civic buildings, townhouses, Georgian streetscapes, planned settlements and industrial and commercial architecture. This legacy requires protection for the understanding and enjoyment of future generations as well as providing information about our past and helping to create a sense of identity for the present community.
In March 1999 the Department published Planning Policy Statement 6 on “Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage”. This outlines the Department’s regional policies for assessing proposals which affect the archaeological or built heritage.