New Changes to NI Planning Policy

Posted on 20th September, 2012

You might have noticed in media reports that there have been some recent changes to planning policy in Northern Ireland.

The new Order amends the Planning (General Development) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993; for certain classes of permitted development, in respect of which no specific application for planning permission is needed subject to the specified limitations and conditions.

The changes (with effect from yesterday) take the form of new classes of ‘permitted development’ and amendments to an existing class as follows:

PART 8:            (Amended)      INDUSTRIAL AND WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

PART 33:          (New)  DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS

PART 34:          (New)  SHOPS, FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ESTABLISHMENTS

PART 35:          (New)  OFFICE BUILDINGS

PART 36:          (New)  SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND HOSPITALS

The permitted demolition of the demolition of buildings has certain limitations for those in Areas of Townscape and Village Character.

The erection, extension or alteration of the building types is permitted for buildings as described by Parts 8 & 36. The extension or alteration of the building types in Parts 34 & 35, are also permitted. The provision of hard surfaces, plant, etc., connected to such developments is likewise permitted.

All of the above permitted developments are subject to certain limitations regarding the extent or location of the developments.

It is these limitations which determine whether your project falls under ‘permitted development’ or not. The document is fairly extensive and if you wish to read up on it, you will find it online on the planning website. If you need advice on the subject, talk to your professional designer (Architectural Technologist, Structural Engineer or Architect).

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