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Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Implementation: Planning Guidance

The Department accepts that it has a responsibility not only to regulate development but also to provide positive guidance to assist members of the public and their agents to bring forward satisfactory proposals. For example, the quality of rural development is a matter of particular importance and the Department proposes to prepare a guide setting out design principles for new development in the countryside. The Design Guide will augment the information made available through the Countryside Assessments carried out as part of the plan making process.
When it is necessary, the Department will produce additional guidance in relation to its development control policies and practice. In addition, the Department may prepare design briefs for individual sites. These relate the overall guidance provided by a local planning policy to the particular characteristics of specific sites.
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