PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 11
Justification and Amplification
4.37 The Northern Ireland countryside contains some major developed sites presently or formerly in industrial or business use. Whether they are redundant or in continuing use, the complete or partial redevelopment of these sites may offer the opportunity for environmental improvement and the promotion of job creation without adding to their impact on the amenity of the countryside.
4.38 The character and dispersal of new development will need to be considered as well as its footprint. The location of the new buildings should be decided having regard to the character of the area, the main features of the landscape and the need to integrate the new development with its surroundings.
4.39 The site should be considered as a whole, whether or not all the buildings are to be redeveloped. Any proposals for partial redevelopment should be put forward in the context of a comprehensive plan for the future overall development of the site.
4.40 The Department will not favour the redevelopment of existing industrial or business uses in the countryside for storage/distribution use, partly because of the generally greater impact on rural amenity which would result and partly because the employment normally generated by storage/distribution use of a site is relatively less significant than its use for industrial or business purposes.