PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Identifying the Archaeological and Built Heritage and the Role of Development Plans: Listed Buildings
2.15 Article 42 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 requires the Department to compile a list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest. Such buildings are important for their intrinsic value and for their contribution to the character and quality of settlements and the open countryside of Northern Ireland. There are currently over 8,500 listed buildings and more will be added to and some removed from the statutory list as the process of building survey and resurvey is ongoing.
2.16 The list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest records the best of our architectural heritage. It includes every type of building, ranging from grand mansions and cathedrals to warehouses and vernacular architecture. As well as conventional buildings, the list may include man made objects or structures not normally considered as buildings, for example tombstones, telephone kiosks, post-boxes, gates, war memorials, bridges, docks and other industrial structures.
2.17 While it is impractical to depict all current listed buildings on development plan maps, for reasons of scale, it may be appropriate within or adjoining settlements to designate certain listed buildings and their surroundings as local landscape policy areas (see paras 2.23 & 2.24)