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PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 12

Policy IBD 12 Major Industrial Development in the Countryside
A major industrial proposal will only be permitted in the countryside where all the following criteria are met:
  1. it is a firm proposal of overriding importance that will make a significant contribution to the regional economy;
  2. the long-term economic benefits can be clearly articulated;
  3. alternative sites are not available;
  4. the development can be successfully integrated into the landscape;
  5. the buildings and associated development infrastructure are of a very high standard; and
  6. it would not generate traffic of a type or amount inappropriate for the character of access roads or would require improvements which would damage the character of these roads.

Justification and Amplification

4.41 The Department will not normally grant permission for existing urban-based enterprises seeking relocation in the countryside. However, some new major industrial projects may require sites outside settlements because of their size or specific site requirements.
4.42 Developers will need to demonstrate that there is an overriding reason for the development in the interest of the region as a whole, that a thorough exploration of alternatives has been made and that the alternatives are unsuitable. It will be the responsibility of the developer to explore all environmental impacts, both local and of wider consequence. The Department will consider not only the immediate needs and benefits but also the wider long-term environmental effects of the proposal.
4.43 Where such a proposal is justified, the design of the buildings and associated development infrastructure will need to be of the highest standard and the development must be well integrated into the landscape to minimise its environmental impact.
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