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Planning Policy Statement 4 : Planning and Economic Development

Issued by: Department of the Environment
Status: Final
Date: November 2010
PPS 4 sets out the Department's revised planning policies for economic development uses and indicates how growth associated with such uses can be accommodated and promoted in development plans.
It seeks to facilitate and accommodate economic growth in ways compatiable with social and environmental objectives and sustainable development.

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Any queries in relation to this document should be directed to your local Divisional and Sub-Divisional Planning Office.  
A Summary of Consultation Responses (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 84 KB) detailing some of the main issues to emerge from the public consultation on the draft document has been produced and is available for download.
In the interest of protecting the environment, where possible, the use of electronic means to view both documents is encouraged. However, if you require a hard copy or wish to enquire about alternative formats, please contact the Planning Policy Team by:-
By telephone: (028) 90416749
By text phone: (028) 90 540642
In writing: Department of Environment, Planning Policy Division, 3rd Floor, Millennium House, 17-25 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BN

Clarification of PED 7

On 1 September the Environment Minister published a clarification to Policy PED 7 ' The Retention of Zoned Land and Economic Development Uses'.
The purpose of the clarification is to ensure consistency in the approach taken to unzoned land used, or last used, for industrial or storage and distribution use, and how applications for their retention will be considered.
Previously land 'last used' for economic development on unzoned sites could be used for any type of development. Now, if a site is cleared of an economic development, even if it is on unzoned land, it must still be used for economic purposes.
Details of the clarification can be accessed via the following link:

Supplementary Planning Guidance - Policy PED 8: 'Development Incompatible with Economic Development Uses'

On 1st of October 2012 the Department published the final version of Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) to Policy PED 8 'Development Incompatible with Economic Development Uses' of Planning Policy Statement 4 (PPS 4) 'Planning and Economic Development'. This Follows consultation on the draft SPG published in March 2012.

Advice Note - Implementation of Planning Policy for the Retention of Zoned Land and Economic Development Uses

In November 2015 the Department Published an advice note on the Implementation of Planning Policy for the Retention of Zoned Land and Economic Development Uses.
The purpose of this is to ensure an effective and consistent approach to implementing regional planning policy when determining planning applications, and to assist with local development plan preparation, in relation to:
a) sites zoned for economic development use in a local development plan; and,
b) planning applications on unzoned land that is currently used (or was last used) for economic development purposes
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