PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
Policy IBD 8
Justification and Amplification
4.30 The Department recognises the importance of enterprises emanating from the local community in the regeneration of rural areas. Where possible such enterprises should be contained within existing buildings. The countryside contains many non-agricultural buildings which have outlived their original purposes. Examples include old mills, rural schools, churches and other community buildings. Unless alternative uses can be found, they may suffer decay and dereliction leading to the despoliation of the rural landscape.
4.31 With little external alteration, some of these buildings may be suitable for re¬use for business or industrial purposes. The re-use of such properties can help stimulate new enterprises and provide much needed and acceptable accommodation for small-scale business and industry. Favourable consideration will be given to proposals for the adaptation and re-use of existing rural buildings, where the proposal meets the normal planning criteria and is of a scale and type which can be absorbed into the rural environment without leading to a significant loss of amenity.