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Belfast HMO Subject Plan 2015
Regional Supplementary Planning Guidance

The Department’s publication ‘'Creating Places - Acheiving Quality in Residential Developments', 2000 is intended to improve the quality of new housing developments, provides guidance on design, character and layout of new housing areas in Northern Ireland. The guide describes the contributions to quality and sustainability that developers in Northern Ireland will be expected to make through the design of new residential developments. The context for the advice given is provided by wider Government policy and initiatives aimed at achieving attractive and sustainable places through better design.
The Department also publishes and updates as necessary a set of Development Control Advice Notes (DCANs), which explain the planning criteria, and technical standards which the Department considers when dealing with specific categories or particular aspects of development in Northern Ireland. DCAN 8 – Housing in Existing Urban Areas 2002, provides planning guidance which aims to ensure that urban and environmental quality is maintained, amenity preserved and privacy respected, when proposals are being considered for new housing development within existing urban areas. The guidance sets out a design-led approach to such housing proposals and provides practical advice on how matters of detailed design are best handled.
It should be noted that the Department is continuously reviewing its regional policies and advice. It is, therefore, advisable to contact a Divisional Planning Office to ascertain the prevailing relevant policies and supplementary guidance that apply or alternatively visit the Department’s website at
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