Guidelines for Planning Authorities - Retail Planning 2012

Author:Mr John Minihane
Profession:Mason Hayes & Curran
  1. Status of the Guidelines

    The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government issued these guidelines under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. Planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála are required to have regard to the guidelines in the performance of their functions under the Planning Acts.

  2. Aim of the Guidelines

    The purpose of the guidelines is to provide an updated and comprehensive retail planning and development framework to guide:

    regional authorities in preparing retail policy objectives in regional planning guidelines; planning authorities in preparing and implementing development plans; planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála in assessing planning applications or planning appeals; and retailers and developers in formulating development proposals. The guidelines have five key policy objectives as follows:

    Ensuring that retail development is plan-led; Promoting city/town centre vitality through a sequential approach to development; Securing competitiveness in the retail sector by actively enabling good quality development proposals to come forward in suitable locations; Facilitating a shift towards increased access to retailing by public transport, cycling and walking through careful location and design in terms of catchment area; and Delivering quality urban design outcomes. 3. Floorspace Caps

    3.1 Convenience retail floorspace caps

    4,000 M2 in the four Dublin local authority areas (i.e. Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils); 3,500 M2 in the four other main cities of Cork, Limerick/Shannon, Galway and Waterford; and 3,000 M2 in the remainder of the State (i.e. those areas outside of the four Dublin local authority areas, and the cities of Cork, Limerick/Shannon, Galway and Waterford). These floorspace caps refer to net retail floorspace as defined in the guidelines.

    3.2 Retail warehouse floorspace cap

    6,000 M2 gross and with specific criteria to allow for an exemption from this floorspace cap in city and town centre areas in the five Gateway cities of Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick/Shannon and Galway. For the foreseeable future, therefore, the cap on large-scale single retail warehouse units in excess of 6,000 M2 gross (including any ancillary garden centre) will remain, due to their potential effect on the surrounding road network and their potential for creating local monopolies which would...

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