PPS 4: Industrial Development
Context: Importance of Industrial Development
5. The Department recognises the importance to the Northern Ireland economy of attracting inward investment in a competitive international situation. Importance is also attached to the creation of small businesses, whose development may lead to significant employment in the future. The importance of small rural businesses in helping to maintain viable rural communities and create economic diversity in rural areas is recognised. Only a strong rural economy can provide the resources needed to ensure the protection of key environmental assets.
6. The planning system plays an important role in integrating environmental and economic objectives. While job creation is not a function of the planning system, planning has a role to play in creating conditions which are conducive to economic development by ensuring that there is an adequate supply of land in accessible locations. The Department is determined to ensure that there are no unnecessary obstructions of a land use nature which would hinder the creation and maintenance of employment.