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PPS 1: General Principles

1. This Statement sets out the general principles that the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland, (the Department), observes in carrying out its planning functions, namely formulating planning policies, making development plans and exercising control of development. These principles are founded on the Department’s understanding of the law relevant to planning, as contained in statute and interpreted in decisions by the courts. The Statement also sets out the key themes that underlie the Department’s overall approach to planning across the whole range of land-use topics.  More detailed policy on individual subjects is to be found in other publications in the Planning Policy Statement series.
2. The Statement applies to Northern Ireland as a whole. It supersedes the following provisions of the Department’s September 1993 publication “A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland”:
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