PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres
1. The Department has prepared this Planning Policy Statement (PPS) in accordance with its statutory general function, described in Article 3 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991, "to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development"
2. The Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) administers the planning system in Northern Ireland through the Planning Service Agency and is responsible for regulating development and land use in the interests of the community.
3. Planning Policy statements set out the policies of the Department of the Environment on different aspects of land use planning. Their contents will be taken into account in preparing development plans and may also be material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.
4. This Planning Policy Statement sets out the Department's policy for town centres and retail developments for all of Northern Ireland.