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.)



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