V. Retail Strategy
Introduction and Purpose
The Guidelines for Planning Authorities Retail Planning (RPGs), 2012 were issued by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with the aim of ensuring that the planning system continues to play a key role in supporting competitiveness in the retail sector and promoting and supporting the vitality and viability of city and town centres1. While the national level planning context has changed since the adoption of the RPGs, the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Southern Region aligns with and supports the full implementation of the RPGs to ensure that retail development is focussed on settlement centres with the application of a sequential approach for retail development2. It is a specific objective of the RSES, RPO 55, to prepare Retail Strategies in accordance with the RPGs.
The RPGs require that Development Plans set out clear evidence-based policies and objectives in relation to retailing, setting out eight specific items that must be covered3. This Retail Strategy has been prepared by Avison Young in line with the requirements of the RPGs and to inform the review of the Carlow County Development Plan, 2022-2028 (new CDP). It provides guidance, policies and objectives for retail development at a strategic level and aims to ensure a co-ordinated, sustainable approach to the assessment and provision of retail development within the County. The Strategy will be incorporated into the new CDP and will guide the assessment of planning applications for retail developments.