PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 13
Justification and Amplification
4.44 While it is the Department’s policy to facilitate the development of new industrial and business enterprises in appropriate locations to diversify the rural economy, generally such development should be located in defined rural settlements or in disused rural buildings, or approved as part of a farm diversification scheme. It is important, however, that firm proposals for such enterprises are not blocked due to a lack of suitable land within existing settlements. The nature of a small business may be such as to require some physical separation from the built up area because of potential nuisance, for instance noise or smell. The Department will therefore adopt a flexible approach to ensure adequate provision is made for small rural enterprises.
4.45 Planning permission may be granted for a site outside the limits of development for a settlement, provided it is clearly closely associated with the settlement. Sites remote from any settlement will not be approved.
4.46 The policy will only be applied in exceptional circumstances where there is a definite proposal for industrial or business development which would make a significant contribution to the local economy. Proposals of a speculative nature will not be permitted. Permission will only be granted where the proposal is of a scale appropriate to the settlement involved.
4.47 In addition, the policy will only be applicable in those circumstances where there is no reasonable prospect of securing a suitable site within the limits of development for the particular settlement. An exhaustive search of all land within the development limits will be a necessity. In some situations land may be available but constraints to development render it inappropriate to the proposed development.