PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres
Assessment of Retail Developments: Environmental Assessment
62. Some major retail developments may be subject to environmental assessment under the provisions of the Planning (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations (NI) 1989. Environmental Assessment is mandatory for projects listed in Schedule 1 to the Regulations, whereas those listed in Schedule 2 require assessment if they are likely to have significant environmental effect because of factors such as their nature, size or location.
63. The Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland) Development Control Advice Note 10 advises on the criteria to be applied when a form of development may require preparation of an environmental statement as a prerequisite to consideration of an application for planning permission.