PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
The Department of the Environment is responsible for planning control and the regulation of waste management in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions.
The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), another agency within the Department, is currently the regulatory body that monitors and enforces environmental standards in relation to pollution control throughout Northern Ireland.
All references within this document to the Department shall refer to the Planning Service unless otherwise stated.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning Order (NI) 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 (PPS’s) 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 11 “Planning and Waste Management” sets out the Department’s planning policies for the development of waste management facilities. It seeks to promote the highest environmental standards in development proposals for waste management facilities and includes guidance on the issues likely to be considered in the determination of planning applications. In addition, it explains the relationship between the planning system and authorities responsible for the regulation and management of waste.
The PPS is therefore of direct relevance to the public, those who produce, manage or treat waste as well as landowners, developers, voluntary conservation groups, government departments and agencies, District Councils and other statutory undertakers.
The policies of this Statement supersede the following provisions of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland:
- Policy PSU 8: New Infrastructure (insofar as it applies to applications for waste water treatment works)
- Policy PSU 14: Waste
Where the above policies are referred to elsewhere in the Planning Strategy and with regard to any other expression of planning policy for waste management proposals the policies of this Statement will take precedence.
A screening analysis for Equality Impact Assessment was undertaken during the consultation stage of the preparation of PPS 11. As a result of the screening analysis it was considered that there would be no significant implications for equality of opportunity or community relations as a result of the policies contained in PPS 11. No comments were received during the consultation stage in relation to this matter and the Department is content that its obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and associated human rights and equality policies have been met.
Targeting Social Need (TSN) effects were also considered. However, it was concluded that if there are TSN implications these are likely to become manifest in relation to waste management at the implementation planning stage when specific sites are under consideration and not at this higher level policy stage. It is therefore considered that the policies contained in this document are unlikely to have TSN implications.
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.