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What is an Area of Townscape Character (ATC)?

An Area of Townscape Character is an area that has not been recognised as having distinctive character, but not sufficient to warrant Conservation Area status. However, because of their own unique identity it may be appropriate to identify and define these as Areas of Townscape or Village Character.

Within Belfast Metropolitan area alone, as at September 2015, 49 Areas of Townscape Character were listed.

Local policies or proposals and guidance for such areas should also be included, either in the plan or, where appropriate, in the form of supplementary planning guidance.

What are Historic Parks, Gardens and Demesnes?

The Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Archive contains a comprehensive record of over 700 historic parks, gardens and demesnes. The register is maintained by the Historic Environment Division and can be accessed via the department’s website.

Councils should bring forward local policies or proposals for the protection of the overall character and integrity of these distinctive areas.

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