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Regional Planning Policies: Policy IC 2 Industrial Uses in Small Settlements

Policy IC 2 Industrial Uses in Small Settlements
This policy has been superseded by: PPS 4-Planning and Economic Development
Within small rural settlements there will be a presumption in favour of the grant of planning permission for new industrial activities, provided the project is in scale with the settlement and there are no significant environmental objections.
The Department will not normally zone land for specific purposes within smaller rural settlements. Land may, however,be zoned for industrial use where there is a clear indication of potential demand or an especially suitable site. Favourable consideration will be given to applications for small industrial and business uses on unzoned land included within the limit of development for such a settlement, provided:
  • the proposal is of a scale and nature appropriate to the settlement involved;
  • there would be no unacceptable detrimental impact on the amenity of adjacent residential properties or to the residential character of the settlement;
  • the proposal is of a design which is appropriate to the character of the settlement; and
  • the proposal is satisfactory in terms of car parking, landscaping, road safety, traffic generation and other normal planning and environmental considerations.
The contribution of the proposal to the local economy and improvements to existb the site will be important considerations.
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