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Planning Policy Guidance Notes

- these were first introduced in 1988 to clearly set out government policy on planning issues and to offer advice to all relevant bodies. It is important to understand the relationship between all PPG's but specifically, PPG 15 "Planning and the Historic Environment" is most relevant, followed by PPG16 "Archaeology and Planning". They pertain only to England. In Scotland, National Planning Policy Guidelines (NPPG's) exist to provide statements on government policy, and are backed up by Planning advice Notes (PAN's) which provide advice on good practice. NPPG 18 "Planning and the Historic Environment" and NPPG 3 "Archaeology and Planning" are the most relevant.

In Northern Ireland, Planning Policy Statement 1 (PPS 1)sets out the general principles that the Department of the Environment (NI) observes in formulating planning policies, while more specifically, PPS 6 focusses on "Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage". In Wales, Welsh Office Circular 61/96, "Planning and the Historic Environment : Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas", as amended by Circular 1/98, sets out the latest available policy guidance which relates to the built heritage.