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PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres
Planning for Local Shopping: Petrol Filling Stations

56. Most petrol filling stations now provide a wide range of retail goods in the associated shop. Many function as the local shop or small supermarket serving the surrounding population. Whilst the important role of such retail provision is recognised, such shops should, however, clearly remain secondary to the use as a petrol filling station. Proposals for shops, associated with petrol filling stations, having over 250 square metres net retail floorspace will be assessed with regard to their potential impact on existing shopping facilities and the acceptability of the proposed location for a retail use. Along major road corridors, outside urban areas, the Department will control the scale of associated retail units to prevent significant retail attractions being created contrary to the general policy of protecting the vitality and viability of existing centres.
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