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PPS 7 Addendum: Safeguarding the Character of Established Residential Areas

Issued by: Department of the Environment
Status: Final
Published: August 2010
This second addendum to PPS 7 ‘Quality Residential Environments’ provides additional planning policy provisions on the protection of local character, environmental quality and residential amenity within established residential areas, villages, and smaller settlements.
It also sets out policy on the conversion of existing buildings to flats or apartments. In addition the addendum 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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Any queries in relation to this document should be directed to your local Divisional and Sub-Divisional Planning Offices.
A Summary of Consultation Responses (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 97 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 254715
By text phone: (028) 90 540642
In writing: Department of Environment, Planning and Natural Resources Division, Level 3 Calvert House, 23 Castle Place, BELFAST, BT1 1FY

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