PPS 4: Industrial Development
Development Control: Environmental Assessment
33. The Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989 specify certain types of planning application which must be accompanied by a formal statement identifying the likely environmental effects and proposed mitigating measures. Examples include oil-refining and integrated chemical installations. Projects falling into other categories - such as developments in connection with the energy, metal processing, glass manufacturing, chemical, food, textile, leather, wood, paper and rubber industries - require an environmental statement only if the Department considers they are likely to have significant effects on the environment by virtue of such factors as their nature, size and location. Overall, only a small proportion of planning applications require formal environmental assessment. Further advice on environmental impact assessment is given in Development Control Advice Note 10 published by the Department in 1989.