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PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres
Planning for Retail Developments: Major Retail Development

36. Major retail development comprises retail development with over 1000 square metres of gross retail floor space. The Department's policies for types of major retail development are set out at paragraphs 38 to 48 (inclusive). Proposals for major retail development in the countryside, outside the development limits of settlements, will not be acceptable.
37. Conditions restricting the scale and nature of major out-of-centre retail developments may be imposed on permissions to protect the shopping role of existing centres. Such conditions may specify minimum or maximum store sizes and types of goods to be sold. Where appropriate, a planning agreement (under Article 40 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991) may be used to secure developer contributions to new or improved public transport provision or road improvements or to facilitate, regulate or restrict developments.
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