PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 10
Justification and Amplification
4.34 There are already many industrial and business enterprises located in rural areas. Some are long established, others normally small-scale, have been granted planning permission to operate in disused rural buildings. Many of these enterprises will over time need to expand and/or diversify. While such expansion is desirable for job creation, it can radically change the nature of the enterprise and its impact on the local environment. It is therefore important to weigh carefully the advantages to the rural economy of job creation or an improved industrial/business facility against the potential for an adverse impact on the rural environment.
4.35 Where proposals for expansion of an industrial or business enterprise in the countryside are considered inappropriate, the Department may recommend relocation of the enterprise to a suitable site in a nearby settlement. Exceptionally, where it is accepted that relocation is not possible for particular operational or employment reasons, such expansion may be permitted.
4.36 In all cases where permission for expansion is granted, the Department will require reasonable measures to be taken to ameliorate the impact, not only of the extension but also of the existing enterprise, on the local environment. Such measures, where required, will normally be considered essential to the grant of planning permission. Where necessary, planning agreements may be used to secure environmental improvements. Conditions will also be imposed to ensure there is adequate landscaping, parking and servicing provision.