Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Introduction: The Plan Proposals
The allocations, designations, policies, proposals and zonings contained in the Plan, hereafter collectively also referred to as the Plan Proposals, constitute considerations that the Department will take into account in determining planning applications within the District. The contents of the Plan must be read as a whole as often several designations, policies and proposals may be relevant to a particular development proposal.
The Plan Proposals contained in the Plan should not, however, be read as the only tests of acceptability for development proposals. In making its decisions, the Department will also assess proposals against all planning policies and other material considerations that are relevant to it. The contents of the Plan must therefore be read in conjunction with the relevant contents of regional policy publications and supplementary planning guidance documents.
In order to ensure that there is no public misunderstanding of the allocations, designations, policies, proposals and zonings, it must be recognised that there may be occasion when other material considerations outweigh one or more of these. Each case will be considered on its merits to assess whether an exception would be justified but the provisions of the Plan will prevail unless there are other overriding policy or material considerations which outweigh them and justify a contrary decision.