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Settlement Development Limits (SDLs)

Settlement Development Limits (SDLs) are a statistical classification and delineation of settlements in Northern Ireland defined by the Planning Service. Click HERE for more information.   SDL boundaries are available for settlements with a population of greater than 1000. 

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Attribute Table

Variable Description
Location Name of Settlement
Lgd Local Government District
Band_name Statistical classification band name as defined by the Planning Service
Band Statistical classification label
Pop_2001 Settlement population count
Hsce_2001 Settlement household count
Geoarea_ha Area of settlement in hectares
Easting Geographic centroid easting
Northing Geographic centroid northing

To download the boundary in GIS format please click on the appropriate link below:-

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Mapinfo format (1.23 MB) Download

SDL Statistical Classification Bands

Settlement Development Limits (SDLs) are a statistical classification and delineation of settlements in Northern Ireland defined by the Planning Service. Click HERE for more information.   SDL boundaries are available for the statistical classification bands (A-H). 

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Attribute Table

Variable Description
Band_name Statistical classification band name as defined by the Planning Service
Band Statistical classification label

To download the boundary in GIS format please click on the appropriate link below:-

ESRI Shapefile format (5.12 MB) Download
Mapinfo format (3.16 MB) Download

Urban - Rural Classification

Urban - Rural classification boundaries are available for Northern Ireland as defined by the Planning Service. These areas are defined from Settlement Development Limits (SDLs) which are a statistical classification and delineation of settlements. Click HERE for more information. 

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Variable Description
Classification Statistical classification Urban or Rural as defined by the Planning Service

To download the boundary in GIS format please click on the appropriate link below:-

ESRI Shapefile format (4.28 MB) Download
Mapinfo format (2.62 MB) Download