Larne Area Plan 2010
Natural Gas: Policies and Proposals
In determining any application to lay such a pipeline the Department will consider the consequences of the proposed pipeline route for the environment and for other types of development.
In determining applications to carry out development in the vicinity of a pipeline, public safety will be the Department's principal consideration. The Department will take into consideration the potential of the development proposed to cause damage to a pipeline, for example if the type of development will require explosives to be used. Consideration will also be given to the necessity to maintain a distance between a pipeline and the proposed development which will be safe in all foreseeable circumstances, taking into account the vulnerability of the proposed development in the event of any rupture of the pipeline.