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Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Planning Strategy: The Strategy Economic Development

It is important to the well-being of the community to facilitate economic development. The planning system can ensure that there are no unnecessary land use obstacles to job creation. In particular, the Strategy is concerned with the promotion of a healthy rural economy, with a suitable range of job opportunities to support local communities as well as to protect and improve the countryside.
The Strategy is generally to retain existing industrial sites and to ensure that there is capacity for industrial development in most settlements, including dispersed rural communities. The Strategy supports the development of community-based projects at acceptable locations in disadvantaged areas. Appropriate agriculture diversification proposals will be facilitated.
The Department will assist local communities with regeneration and enhancement proposals to strengthen the life and character of settlements.
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