Dublin City County are to publish a new plan for Dublin’s O’Connell Street. The stipulations will govern all future retail units and developments that reside along the 1,650 ft. avenue. Notable retailers which already operate here include Eason and until recently Clery’s Department Store.
The draft planning will also include areas like Henry Street, North Earl Street, Middle Abbey Street and D’Olier Street. The new implementation is put in place to promote appropriate commercial activity but also to maintain the areas character and architecture. Planning powers will be enstalled that means existing shops of ‘special significance’ will take precedence over those deemed ‘less appropriate’.
Permission for retail units classed as amusement shops, bookmakers, fast food outlets, mobile phone shops, or adult entertainment will be rejected. The scheme doesn’t however give council the authority to close such shops already in existence, rather stopping further outlets from opening.
The scheme will be available for public consultation and submissions for eight weeks. The final plan must be approved by city councillors before it comes into force.