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The Farm Nutrient Management Scheme and Planning Permission-Revised Guidance for Applicants

Published on Tue, 15 Nov 2005
The Farm Nutrient Management Scheme (FNMS) was launched by the Department of Agriculture in January 2005.
This is a grant scheme to facilitate the upgrading of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities within farms to assist compliance with the Nitrates Directive.
Following the launch of the FNMS, The Department of Environment in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development consulted in June 2005 on the possibility of extending permitted development rights to reduce the number of slurry tanks requiring applications for planning permission. A majority (88%) of those responding supported an increase in the ground area maximum permitted under Part 6.
The Planning (General Development) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2005 brings a number of changes to agricultural permitted development into effect. This legislation came into operation on the 24 October 2005.
Planning Service has provided the below guidance for applicants to assist in the interpretation of this legislation and help to determine whether proposals for the upgrading of facilities on farms would benefit from permitted development rights or whether a planning application would be required.


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