Draft PPS 18: Renewable Energy
The Department of the Environment (the Department) is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions. The Department of Finance and Personnel have responsibility for the building regulations, and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI), is responsible for Energy.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development. The Department is required to ensure such policy is in general conformity with the Regional Development Strategy.
The Department’s planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and PPS 1 ‘General Principles’ advises that:
“Planning Policy Statements set out the policies of the Department on particular aspects of land-use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents will be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.”
This Planning Policy Statement, PPS 18 ‘Renewable Energy’ sets out the Department’s planning policy for development that generates energy from renewable resources. The PPS also contains policy provisions on the application of the principles of Passive Solar Design in new development. It embodies the Government’s commitments to: sustainable development; reducing emissions; and a move from being an overly fossil fuel reliant economy to one which seeks to maximise on the Region’s substantial renewable energy potential.
The Department was assisted by an external stakeholder group in bringing forward this PPS (see Annex 4) and would like to take this opportunity to thank individuals for their participation to date.
When issued in final form, the policies of this Statement will supersede Policy PSU 12 ‘Renewable Energy’ of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland. Where the above policy is referred to elsewhere in the Planning Strategy, the policies of this statement will take precedence. The policies of this PPS do not apply to off-shore renewable energy development as these are not subject to control under the land use planning system.
The PPS has been subjected to an equality impact screening exercise in line with the statutory obligation contained in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The outcome of this exercise indicates that the PPS is unlikely to have significant adverse implications for equality of opportunity or community relations.
Nothing in this document should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project. All proposals for expenditure by the Department are subject to economic appraisal and will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.