PPS 7: Quality Residential Environments
Policy QD 2: Planning Agreements
4.54 The Department may be unable to grant permission for major housing schemes, and some smaller developments, in the absence of a Planning Agreement made under Article 40 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991. Such agreements may be required for a number of reasons, for instance to secure any local facilities and infrastructure needed as a result of the development or the provision of open space and its long term maintenance. These agreements will need to be established prior to permissions being issued to ensure that necessary facilities and works are provided and to help guarantee the quality of development required. Developers should therefore consider this matter early in the design process.
4.55 Further information on the Department’s policy for developer contributions and planning agreements is contained in PPS 1 ’General Principles’.