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5. (1) The Planning (Development Plans) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991(1) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).
(2) In regulation 2 (interpretation)—
(a)after the definition of “development plan” insert ““the Directive” means Council Directive 96/82/EC on the control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances;”;
(b)after paragraph (2) add—
“(3) The expressions used in regulation 9A have the same meaning as in the Directive.”.
(3) In regulation 9 (additional matters to be contained in a development plan) after paragraph (b) add—
(c)such statement as the Department thinks appropriate with regard to the matters referred to in regulation 9A.”.
(4) After regulation 9 insert—
9A. In formulating its policies in a development plan the Department shall have regard to—
(a)the objectives of preventing major accidents and limiting the consequence of such accidents; and
(i)in the long term, to maintain appropriate distances between establishments and residential areas, areas of public use and areas of particular natural sensitivity or interest; and
(ii)in the case of existing establishments, for additional technical measures in accordance with Article 5 of the Directive so as not to increase the risks to people.”.
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