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

53. Village shops play an important role in supplying the day-to-day needs of the rural community and such shops supply a service to local residents. The provision of village shops in appropriate locations will be facilitated and the Department will encourage the development of local retailing in villages provided the scale of provision and the type of goods sold clearly indicate that the shop is primarily designed to cater for the needs of the village and its catchment population. Conditions may be imposed on the scale of development and the type of goods sold. Road safety, car parking, design and impact on adjacent residential properties will be important factors in the determination of applications for village shops. The design of village shops, and in particular the shopfronts, should be in keeping with the character and architecture of the settlement. Particular emphasis will be placed on design where the proposal lies within an existing or proposed Conservation Area.
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