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What is a Conservation Area?

These are areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Conservation areas are protected through legislation by the Department under the Planning Act (NI) 2011.

Currently there are 14 conservation areas within Belfast Metropolitan Area. Over 60 in Northern Ireland.

Design guidance is published for each designated Conservation Area to inform planning decisions.


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