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PPS 2: Natural Heritage

Issued by: Department of the Environment
Status: Final
Published: July 2013
This PPS supersedes PPS 2 'Planning and Nature Conservation' and the policy on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty set out in 'A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland'.
PPS 2 furthers the Executive's commitment to sustainable development and to conserving and where possible enhancing and restoring our natural heritage.
This PPS 2 'Natural Heritage' replaces PPS 2 'Planning and Nature Conservation' (June 1997) and supersedes the following provisions in 'A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland' (September 1993), insofar as they refer to the protection of our natural heritage.
  • Policy SP 16 Environmental Protection; and
  • Policy DES 4 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Any queries in relation to this document should be directed to your local area planning office.
A Summary of Consultation Responses (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 36 KB) detailing some of the main issues to emerge from the public consultation has also been produced and is available for download.
In the interest of protecting the environment, where possible, the use of electronic means to view both documents is encouraged. However, if you require a hard copy or wish to enquire about alternative formats, please contact the Planning Policy Team as follows:-
By telephone: (028) 90 416941
By text phone: (028) 90 540642
In writing: Department of Environment, Planning Policy Division, 3rd Floor, Millennium House, 17-25 Great Victoria Street, Malone Lower, Belfast, BT2 7BN
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