Draft PPS14 Sustainable Development in the Countryside
Policy CTY 8
|Policy CTY 8 – Agricultural and Forestry Development|
Planning permission will be granted for agricultural or forestry development where it is demonstrated that:
In cases where a new building is proposed applicants will also need to demonstrate the following:
Justification & Amplification
4.60 As agriculture and forestry continue to change and develop, it is important that the planning process continues to support the operational needs of these enterprises
4.61 Under the Planning (General Development) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993, known as the “GDO”, certain development relating to agriculture and forestry is permitted development i.e. a planning application is not required as permission is deemed to be granted. The GDO is currently under review and was recently amended to include proposals relating to the farm nutrient management scheme. Where a proposal is not permitted development and express permission is required, planning permission will be granted for agricultural and forestry buildings/works subject to the criteria stated, as well as other planning criteria and policy requirements.
4.62 A new building will only be approved where there are no existing redundant buildings on the holding or enterprise that can be used. In all cases the applicant will be required to satisfactorily demonstrate that renovation, alteration or redevelopment opportunities do not exist.
4.63 New buildings can form an integral part of the landscape if developed in sympathy with their surroundings, so as to blend unobtrusively into the landscape. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has played an important role with a number of schemes relating to the design of farm buildings. Their publication “Farm Buildings in the Countryside” gives practical guidance on the importance of integrating modern farm buildings into the landscape.
4.64 A proposal located away from existing agricultural or forestry buildings will only be acceptable where it is shown to be essential for the efficient functioning of the holding or enterprise. In such cases the applicant will be required to satisfactorily demonstrate that this is the case. Where such a proposal is justified, the building will still be required to visually integrate into the landscape and be of appropriate design and materials. A prominent, skyline or top of slope ridge location will be unacceptable.
4.65 All permissions granted under this policy will be subject to a condition limiting the use of the building to either agricultural or forestry use as appropriate.