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PPS 23: Enabling Development for the Conservation of Significant Places

Issued by: Department of the Environment
Status: Final
Published: April 2014
Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 23 ‘Enabling Development for the Conservation of Significant Places’ puts in place policy for assessing proposals for enabling development.

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PPS23 sets out planning policy for assessing proposals for Enabling Development in support of the re-use, restoration or refurbishment of heritage assets such as historic buildings, scheduled monuments, industrial heritage and historic parks, gardens and demesnes.
PPS 23 provides a policy to maintain and enhance the standard of a wide range of community facilities in Northern Ireland including cultural, educational, social, health, built heritage and leisure facilities and the restoration and creation of wildlife habitat.
PPS 23 is accompanied by a Best Practice Guidance document 'Assessing Enabling Development for the Conservation of Significant Places'.  This guidance is referenced in the policy text and must be taken into account in considering proposals.
Any queries in relation to either of these documents should be directed to your local area planning office.
A summary of consultation responses detailing some of the main issues to emerge from the public consultation has also been produced and is available for download.  
In the interest of protecting the environment, where possible, the use of electronic means to view both documents is encouraged.  However, if you require a hard copy or wish to enquire about alternative formats, please contact us.
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