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PPS 7 Addendum (Draft): Safeguarding the Character of Established Residential Areas

Issued by: Department of the Environment
Status: Draft
Published: 9 November 2009
Closing Date: 5 March 2010
This draft Addendum to PPS 7 provides new planning policy provisions on the protection of local character, environmental quality and residential amenity within established residential areas, villages, and smaller settlements.
In addition the draft addendum sets out  policy on the conversion of existing buildings to flats or apartments.  The draft also contains policy to promote the greater use of permeable paving within new residential developments to help reduce the risk of flooding from surface water run-off.
The policies contained within the addendum must be read in conjunction with those of PPS 7 ' Quality Residential Environments' and with the existing addendum to PPS 7,' Residential Extensions and Alterations'.

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How to give your views

The Department would welcome your comments on the draft addendum.  All responses should be made in writing and should reflect the stucture of the document as far as possible, with reference to paragraph numbers where relevant. In particular, you are invited to respond to the questions listed below:

Consultation Questions

Policy LC1

Do you agree that the Addendum has adequately reinforced existing policy on the protection of local character, evironmental quality and residential amenity within established residential areas, villages and smaller settlements?  If no, please state you reasons.

Policy LC2

Do you consider that the Department has proposed appropriate planning criteria to ensure that existing buildings converted to flats will sympathetically harmonise with adjacent properties and maintain or enhance the overall character and environmental quality or existing residential areas?  If no, please state your reasons.

Policy LC3

Do you support the Departments efforts to encourage greater use of permeable paving in new residential developments in order to reduce the risk of flooding from surface water run-off?
This consultation will end on 5 March 2010
Please contact us to request a hard copy of this document or to request a copy in an alternative format.
In keeping with our policy on openess, the Department may make responses to this consultation document publically available upon request.
At the end of the consultation period the Department will consider all comments received, following which the draft document will be amended if necessary and, subject to Executive approval, published in final form.

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