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Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework:  Retailing, Services and Offices (Page 2 of 2)

In order to ensure that the town centre remains attractive and convenient to shoppers it is important to maintain a compact and easily accessible retail core. Development proposals within the Primary Retail Core will be processed in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy currently contained within PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres.
The extent of the Primary Retail Core is defined on the Cookstown Town Centre Map No. 36b.
Plan Policy RSO 3 Secondary Shopping Frontages and Other Shops
Secondary Shopping Frontages are designated within Cookstown town centre comprising Molesworth Street, James Street and Oldtown Street.
Within Secondary Shopping Frontages favourable consideration will normally be given to the introduction of non-retail uses at ground floor level provided the proposed use complements the retail function of the centre. Elsewhere within the town centre changes of use from shops will be considered on their merits.

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Secondary Shopping Frontages are important to the overall vitality and viability of the town centre, often providing lower cost retail units for specialist shopping and retail services. They also provide important linkages, as in Molesworth Street, which links the bus station within the retail core. Accordingly, in order to ensure that these frontages do not become ‘dead’ frontages and lose their vitality and viability, it is important to ensure that uses complement the retail function of the town centre. Complementary uses include professional and financial services, restaurants, hot food takeaways, betting shops and amusement arcades. The Secondary Shopping Frontages are identified on the Cookstown Town Centre Map No. 36b. There is a number of other shops within the town centre but outside the Primary Retail Core and Secondary Shopping Frontages. Some of these units may prove difficult to let for retail or retail related uses and as a result a more flexible approach to land use is appropriate. In some instances such units may provide suitable accommodation for business starter units and light industrial uses.
Plan Policy RSO 4 Opportunity Sites
A number of Opportunity Sites is designated within Cookstown town centre.
Favourable consideration will normally be given to proposals for appropriate mixed use and commercial development on Opportunity Sites provided these are in accordance with the key site requirements and guidance contained in Part 3 of the Plan.
In order to promote the vitality and viability of Cookstown town centre, and provide land for commercial growth, a number of Opportunity Sites is designated. These comprise a mixture of under-utilised and vacant sites, some of which were previously used for industry. Also included is the existing agricultural mart, which if relocated would present a major redevelopment opportunity in the heart of the town centre.
In the main, the sites are considered to be particularly suited to mixed-use development. Guidance on suitable uses for each site, together with any key site requirements, is given in Part 3 of the Plan.
The Opportunity Sites are identified on the Cookstown Town Centre Map No. 36b.
Plan Policy RSO 5 Local Shops within Housing Zonings
Planning permission will normally be granted for the development of local convenience shopping on those areas zoned for housing, as specified, in Part 3 of the Plan provided all the following criteria are met:
  • provision does not exceed 250 square metres net;
  • the siting and design of the shopping form an integral part of the overall housing layout; and
  • adequate parking and servicing arrangements are available.
The Department seeks to ensure that all housing zonings in Cookstown are reasonably accessible to the town centre, which provides a full range of shops. There is also a number of convenience shops beyond the town centre that helps meet the daily shopping needs of local residents. These shops are particularly important for the elderly and other people whose mobility is impaired. Where housing zonings do not benefit from ease of access to existing shopping facilities, the Department considers that there would be significant benefits to local residents by the provision of local convenience shopping. Part 3 of the Plan identifies those housing zonings to which this policy applies.
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