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PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 10

Policy IBD 10 Expansion of an Established Industrial, Business or Distribution Use in the Countryside  
A proposal for the expansion of an established industrial, business or storage/distribution use in the countryside will be permitted where all the following criteria are met:
  1. it will not harm the character or appearance of the countryside;
  2. it respects the scale, design and materials of the original building(s) on the site and any historic or architectural interest the original property may have;
  3. it will not harm the amenities of nearby residents;
  4. it will not generate traffic of a type or amount inappropriate to rural roads or require improvements which would harm the character of rural roads in the area;
  5. there is no significant increase in the site area of the enterprise;
  6. in Green Belts And Countryside Policy Areas, no new buildings other than minor extensions to existing buildings are proposed; and
  7. outside Green Belts and Countryside Policy Areas, new buildings may be approved providing they are small in scale and clearly subsidiary to the existing building development.

Justification and Amplification

4.34 There are already many industrial and business enterprises located in rural areas. Some are long established, others normally small-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/business facility against the potential for an adverse impact on the rural environment.
4.35 Where proposals for expansion of an industrial or business enterprise in the countryside are considered inappropriate, the Department may recommend relocation of the enterprise to a suitable site in a nearby settlement. Exceptionally, where it is accepted that relocation is not possible for particular operational or employment reasons, such expansion may be permitted.
4.36 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 to the grant of planning 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.
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