PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Identifying the Archaeological and Built Heritage and the Role of Development Plans: Conservation Areas
2.18 Article 50 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 provides the Department with the power to designate an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance as a conservation area. There are currently 50 conservation areas in Northern Ireland and further areas may be designated in the future. Existing areas may also be reviewed periodically and adjustments to boundaries made as necessary.
2.19 Development plans will identify existing conservation areas and may include local policies or proposals for their protection and enhancement. Proposed conservation areas or alterations to existing areas may also be identified in development plans.