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PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Annex 2: Screening for Equality Impact Assessment

Consultation Draft PPS 4 (Revised) - Industry, Business and Distribution Screening for Equality impact Assessment
Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Section 75) - Statutory Equality Obligations

General Details

Title of policy/policy document and date to be introduced:
Consultation Draft Planning Policy Statement 4 (Revised) Industry, Business and Distribution. Intended for publication December 2002.

Brief summary of the policy/policy document:

This Consultation Draft Planning Policy Statement, PPS 4 (Revised) ‘Industry, Business and Distribution’ sets out the Department’s planning policies for industrial development and other defined business uses and indicates how economic and employment growth associated with such uses can be accommodated and promoted in development plans. It seeks to facilitate and accommodate economic growth in ways compatible with stated social and environmental objectives and sustainable development.

Aims of the policy/policy document:

The key aims of the PPS are to:
  • to promote sustainable economic development;
  • to tackle disadvantage and facilitate job creation in an environmentally sensitive manner;
  • to ensure the provision of a generous supply of land suitable for business and industry and a choice and range in terms of quality, size and location;
  • to support the re-use of previously developed sites and buildings where they meet the needs of particular economic sectors;
  • to improve integration between transport and locations for economic development;
  • to ensure a high standard of quality and design for new development; and
  • to ensure that the natural and built heritage is protected.

Screening analysis

Screening aims to identify those policies which are likely to have the greatest impact on equality of opportunity and community relations. This is assessed against the nine categories listed below:
  • Persons of different religious beliefs
  • Persons of different political opinions
  • Persons of different racial groups
  • Persons of different ages
  • Persons of different marital status
  • Persons of different sexual orientation
  • Men and women generally
  • Persons with a disability and persons without
  • Persons with dependants and persons without
Is there any evidence of higher or lower participation or uptake by different groups within any of the nine categories?
YES �               NO � (please tick)
Is there any evidence that particular groups have different needs, experiences, issues and priorities in relation to the particular main policy area?
YES �               NO � (please tick)
In terms of the nine Section 75 groups, there is no evidence to suggest that any of the groups have different needs, experiences, issues and priorities in relation to the particular policies and guidance contained in Draft PPS4.
Is there an opportunity to better promote equality of opportunity or good relations by altering policy or working with others in Government or the community at large?
YES �                NO � (please tick)
The planning policies contained in Section 4 of Draft PPS4 are concerned with development control issues and are largely reactive in nature, to specific proposals for economic development as they arise through planning applications. Section 3 of the document deals with the role of development plans in supporting job creation by identifying and protecting a portfolio of job creation opportunities. It will be a primary function of development plans to promote and provide for a range of economic development opportunities in their areas and they will themselves be required to meet the statutory equality obligations of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
It should be noted that the formulation of the policies in this Draft PPS involved discussions with two other government bodies concerned with economic development in the Region, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department for Regional Development.
Have consultations in the past with relevant groups, organisations or individuals indicated that particular policies create problems which are specific to them?
YES �               NO � (please tick)

Impact Assessment Decision

Full impact assessment procedure is confined to those policies considered likely to have significant implications for equality of opportunity and community relations.
Do you consider, taking account of the Screening Analysis in Section 2.0, that this policy/policy document needs to be submitted to a full equality impact assessment?
YES �               NO � (please tick)

Reason for Decision

As a result of the screening analysis in Section 2.0 it is considered that there will be no significant implications for equality of opportunity or community relations as a result of the policies contained in Draft Planning Policy Statement 4 either directly as regards developers or indirectly for the public at large. The thrust of the Policy Statement is to facilitate sustainable economic development throughout the Region for the benefit of all.

Public Consultation Draft Planning Policy Statement 4 – Industry, Business and Distribution

The Department of the Environment Opens link in a new browser window has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development. The Department’s planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements (PPSs), which set out policies on particular aspects of land use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents will be taken into account in the preparation of Development Plans and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.
The Department has now issued for public consultation a draft Planning Policy Statement, PPS4, entitled ‘Industry, Business and Distribution’.
The draft PPS sets out the Department's planning policies for industrial development and other defined business uses and indicates how economic and employment growth associated with such uses can be accommodated and promote d in development plans. It seeks to facilitate and accommodate economic growth in ways compatible with social and environmental objectives and sustainable development.
The attached paper invites comments on the draft PPS. These should reflect the structure of the document as far as possible with references to paragraph numbers or policies where relevant. Responses should be sent to:
John Linden,
Principal Planning Officer,
Planning Service Headquarters,
Millennium House,
Great Victoria Street,
BELFAST,
BT2 7AQ
or by e-mail to: planning.service.hq@doeni.gov.uk Responses should be submitted no later than 23rd May 2003.
Further copies of this document may be obtained by telephoning (028) 9054 0109 and by textphone at (028) 9054 0642. The draft PPS will be made available on request in large text print, Braille or audio casette.
In keeping with our policy on openness, the Department may wish to make responses to this consultation document publicly available upon request. At the end of the consultation period the Department will carefully consider all comments received, following which the draft statement will be amended if necessary and, subject to Ministerial approval, published in final form.
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