PPS 4: Industrial Development
Development Control: Major Industrial Projects in the Countryside
47. The Department will not normally grant permission for existing urban-based enterprises seeking relocation in the countryside. However, some new major industrial projects may require sites outside settlements because of their size or specific site requirements. Such projects will be assessed taking account of
- the contribution of the proposed development to the Northern Ireland economy;
- the availability of alternative sites; and
- the environmental effects.
Developers will need to demonstrate that there is an overriding reason for the development in the interest of the region as a whole, that a thorough exploration of alternatives has been made and that the alternatives are unsuitable. It will be the responsibility of the developer to explore all environmental impacts, both local and of wider consequence. The Department will consider not only the immediate needs and benefits but the wider long-term environmental effects of the proposal.