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Areas of Townscape Character

Areas of Townscape Character (ATCs) exhibit distinct character and intrinsic qualities, often based on the historic built form or layout in many of our cities, towns and villages.
Proposed or designated ATCs introduce control over the demolition of an unlisted building.
In assessing planning applications within ATCs, the key consideration for the Department will be to ensure that development proposals respect the appearance and qualities of each townscape area and maintain or enhance their distinctive character.

Further information

Additional information on ATCs can be found in:
  • Development Plans
  • Development Guidance Notes
  • or the Design Guides below

Design Guides

  • Bangor Bay Area of Townscape Character Guidance
  • Galgorm Road & Old Galgorm Road Area of Townscape Character - Development Control Statement (Nov 1997)
These ATC Design Guides are not currently available on-line, please contact your Local Area Planning Office.
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