Guidance on Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Historic Environment

Date published: 03 July 2018

The Regional Development Strategy 2035 (RDS) sets out regional guidance to “Conserve, protect, and where possible, enhance our built heritage and our natural environment”1 It recognises that Northern Ireland has a rich and diverse historic environment that contributes to identity, sense of place and history. This unique and varied historic landscape is a key marketing, tourism, and recreational asset, which if protected and managed sustainably, can make a valuable contribution to our society, environment and economy. The historic environment embraces many sites of local and international importance which once lost cannot be fully replaced.

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