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PPS 6 (Addendum): Areas of Townscape Character

The Department of the Environment is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development. The department is required to ensure that such policy is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
The Department's planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) and PPS 1 'General Principles' advises that:
"Planning Policy Statements set out the policies of the Department on particular aspects of land-use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents will be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals."
This document is an addendum to PPS 6 'Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage' and must be read in conjunction with the policies contained within this PPS. The Addendum provides additional planning policies relating to Areas of Townscape Character, for demolition of buildings, new development and the control of advertisements. It embodies the Government's commitment to sustainable development and environmental stewardship. To complement this Policy Statement, development plans may incorporate local policies and/or guidance to protect the character of specific areas of Townscape Character.
For the purpose of this Policy Statement and other planning policy publications all references to Areas of Townscape Character should be read as including Areas of Village Character.
The Addendum has been subject to an equality impact screening exercise, in line with the statutory obligation contained in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The outcome of this exercise indicates that the Addendum is unlikely to have any significant adverse implications for equality of opportunity or community relations.
Nothing in this document should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project. All proposals for expenditure by the Department are subject to economic appraisal and other relevant assessments will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.
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