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  • Retail Planning Guidelines, 2012

    The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has published new Retail Planning Guidelines and an accompanying Retail Design Manual.  Planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála are required to have regard to the guidelines in the performance of their functions under the Planning Acts.

    The convenience retail floor space caps of the new Retail Planning Guidelines are :

    • 4,000sq.m in the four Dublin Local Authority areas (Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown)
    • 3,500sq.m in the cities of Cork, Limerick, Shannon, Galway and Waterford
    • 3,000sq.m in the rest of the State.

    The new floor space caps apply to new retail stores or extensions to existing stores which will result in an aggregate increase in the net retail floor space of the convenience element of such retail stores.

    The Retail warehouse floorspace cap is 6,000sq.m gross (including any ancillary garden centre) and with specific criteria to allow for an exemption from this floorspace cap in city and town centre areas in the 5 Gateway cities of Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick/Shannon and Galway.

    The Petrol filling station shops floorspace cap remains at 100sq.m net irrespective of location

    The non-statutory Retail Design Manual is intended to assist both planning authorities and respective applicants in relation to design issues and the assessment of the vitality and viability of city and town centres.

    Published on May 31, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Planning Guidelines, Retail Planning; Tagged as:
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