Guide to Regional Planning Policies


The Strategic Planning Policy Statement for NI – Planning for Sustainable Development – sets out the Department’s regional planning policies under the new two-tier planning system. The SPPS must be taken into account in the preparation of Local Development Plans and in deciding on planning applications and appeals.


Any conflict between the SPPS and retained policy must be resolved in favour of the SPPS. Once a council has adopted its Plan Strategy as part of the Local Development Plan process, Planning Policy Statements and other guidance will cease to have effect.

Planning Policy Statements set out regional planning policies that are taken into consideration in assessing planning applications, determining appeals and preparing development plans. Additional planning policies are set out in development plans and further planning guidance is also available on certain Issues.

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