Planning regulations are a riddle to the lay person and this could not be better exemplified than in the case of a Lisburn family who are seeking to build a new home on the site of a family dwelling dating back 200 years. The planner says the ruins of the stone built property lack 'the essential characteristics' of a home. Hardly surprising given that it has been derelict since the 1970s.
The family want to incorporate some of the stonework in their proposed home and it would seem that they have the foundations of a good case to gain planning permission. Creating a new home on the site of a traditional dwelling should be encouraged.