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PPS 5: Retailing and Town Centres
Planning for Local Shopping: Rural Shops

54. Retailing will generally be directed to existing settlements of appropriate size and the development of inappropriate retail facilities in the open countryside will be resisted. However, those retail facilities which may be considered appropriate outside the development limits of settlements include:
  • farm shops, clearly tied to an existing farm holding or occupant;
  • shops designed to serve tourist or recreational facilities and clearly secondary to the main use;
  • small-scale shops attached to existing or approved craft workshops in order to permit direct retailing of the product to the public; and
  • a small-scale shop designed to serve a designated dispersed rural community.
55. Such retail facilities will normally be required to be located within existing buildings. Outside Green Belts and Countryside Policy Areas, new buildings or extensions may be acceptable provided they are small in scale and can be satisfactorily integrated into the landscape and preferably into an existing group of buildings.
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