Planning Law in Northern Ireland
Each country of the United Kingdom has its own distinct planning system.
Policy on land-use and a variety of planning topics is set out in a series of Planning Policy Statements (PPS). They set out the main planning considerations in assessing proposals for various forms of development and material to decisions on individual planning applications. They are also often relevant to the preparation of development plans.
The Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland 2025 was published in 2001 to guide the future development of Northern Ireland to 2025 and help meet the needs of a fast growing Region.
At a local level, development plans set out more detailed policy at a local level and consist of maps and written policies, which show where and in what quantity various types of development will be permitted. Development plans are prepared by the Planning Service, an Agency within the Department of The Environment.
(Text adapted from the British Wind Energy Association website).