Draft PPS14: Sustainable Development in the Countryside
The Department of the Environment (the Department) is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers most of its planning functions.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, to formulate and coordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development. The Department is required to ensure such policy is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy (RDS).
The Department’s planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements (PPS) 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 constitutes the re-issued policy provisions of Draft Planning Policy Statement 14 ‘Sustainable Development in the Countryside’ referred to in the 25 October 2007 Ministerial Statement made by Arlene Foster, Minister of the Environment. The document sets out planning policies for development in the countryside. These policies should, as indicated in the Ministerial Statement, be accorded substantial weight in the determination of any planning application received after 16 March 2006.
For the purpose of this document the countryside is defined as land lying outside of settlement limits as identified in development plans. The provisions of this document will apply to all areas of Northern Ireland’s countryside.
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 will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.