The latest planning advice for developments near hazardous installations (PADHI) has been published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The advice sets a consultation distance (CD) around major hazard sites and pipelines after assessing the possible effects of accidents at a hazardous installation or pipeline.
Chemical processing plants, fuel and chemical storage sites, pipelines, explosive and nuclear sites are all considered as hazardous.
Planning authorities will always be alerted of any CDs and they have a duty to consult with the HSE when developments are proposed within it.
The HSE will then respond and either ‘advise against’ or ‘not advise against’ the granting of planning permission on health and safety grounds that arise from the possible consequences of a major accident at the hazardous installation.