Explanatory Memorandum

Planning Amendment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

2003 No. 430

Commentary on Articles

Control over particular matters

Article 24 – Advertisements

This Article broadens the definition of "advertisement" to include matters such as rotating poster panels, advertisements on permanently fixed blinds or canopies on business premises etc. This is to ensure that certain modern forms of outdoor advertising are subject to advertisement control.

Article 25 ‑ Building preservation notices

This Article introduces building preservation notices for the temporary listing of buildings of special architectural or historic interest, commonly referred to as "spot‑listing". These notices enable the Department to respond quickly to protect buildings at risk.

Article 26 – Trees

Together with Article 14, which deals with enforcement of duties in relation to the replacement of trees, this Article provides a major overhaul of the Department's powers in relation to the protection of trees and tree preservation orders (TPOs) as follows:

This allows restrictions to be imposed on compensation payable, in each TPO made under the new provision.