Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Regional Planning Policies: Policy IC 6 Expansion of Existing Enterprises
|Policy IC 6 Expansion of Existing Enterprises|
This policy has been superseded by: PPS 4-Planning and Economic Development
Planning Permission may be granted for the expansion of existing industrial or business enterprises in the countryside where the resultant development remains appropriate in scale for the location.
There are already many industrial and business enterprises which are located in rural areas. Some are long established, others normally small in 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 facility against the potential for an adverse impact on the rural environment.
The expansion of existing industrial or business enterprises which are currently located in the countryside may be considered acceptable where:
Where expansion proposals would result in a significant expansion in the scale of the , development, with increasing local environmental impacts, it may be necessary to relocate in an industrial area. Exceptionally, where it is accepted that relocation is not possible for particular operational or employment reasons, expansion may be permitted.
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 for the grant of 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.