PPS 4 (Draft): Industry, Business and Distribution
The Department of the Environment is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions.
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’s planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements 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 4 ‘Industry, Business and Distribution’ sets out the Department’s planning policies for industrial development and other defined business uses and indicates how economic and employment growth associated with such uses can be accommodated and promoted in development plans. It seeks to facilitate and accommodate economic growth in ways compatible with social and environmental objectives and sustainable development.
The Statement applies to development proposals for industry, including research and development into industrial products and processes, storage and distribution, Class 3 ‘Business’ as currently defined in the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 (as amended) and Class 2 ‘Financial, professional and other services’ as defined in the same Order. It does not apply to proposals for retail or retail service uses, leisure or tourism, agriculture, waste disposal or waste management facilities, or minerals development.
When issued in final form, this PPS will replace PPS 4 ‘Industrial Development’ and the following policies of ‘A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland’:
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.