Building in Northern Ireland

Posted on 25th August, 2012

I am commonly asked "Can I still get planning approval for a house in the countryside?"

The answer is yes.

The planning policy that everyone now knows about is of course PPS21 - but it is not the 'blanket ban' on planning in rural areas that a lot of people seem to think it is.

Contrary to popular belief, there are quite a number of opportunities for building new dwellings in the NI countryside. These include:

  • A dwelling sited within an existing cluster of buildings
  • Replacement dwellings
  • A dwelling based on special personal or domestic circumstances
  • A dwelling to meet the essential needs of a non-agricultural business enterprise
  • Dwellings (maximum of two) within a small gap site
  • A dwelling on a farm
  • A small group of houses in a designated DRC, i.e. a ‘clachan’ style development
  • The conversion of a non-residential building to a dwelling or dwellings
  • The provision of social and affordable housing
  • Residential caravans or mobile homes
  • The conversion of a listed building to residential accommodation 

I continue to obtain approval for new sites across Northern Ireland, so if you want to know more, please get in touch. (See my contact details on the Contact page.)

Regards,

Les.

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