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Retail assessments

Retail Impact Assessments

Retail Impact Assessments are required for all retail and leisure developments over 2,500 square metres gross floor space and may be required for smaller developments such as those likely to have a significant impact on smaller centres.

Retail Assessments

What should a retail assessment contain?

The assessment should justify the need and scale of the development and an assessment of the impact upon the vitality of existing retails centres and locations. Details of the availability of other sites closer to a centre for the development will also be required.

An assessment will not be required to demonstrate the need for retail proposals within the primary shopping areas or for other main town centre uses including leisure and office development located within the town centre. Evidence should be provided to show that there are no sequentially preferable sites.

When is a retail assessment required?

Retail assessments should be provided for any planning application for a retail use which would be in an edge of centre or out of centre location and are not in accordance with the development plan. You should contact a planning officer to determine whether a site is in an edge of centre or out of centre location.

Retail assessments should be provided for any planning application for a retail use which would be in an edge of centre or out of centre location and are not in accordance with the development plan.

The assessment should justify the need and scale of the development and an assessment of the impact upon the vitality of existing retails centres and locations. Details of the availability of other sites closer to a centre for the development will also be required.

An assessment will not be required to demonstrate the need for retail proposals within the primary shopping areas or for other main town centre uses including leisure and office development located within the town centre. Evidence should be provided to show that there are no sequentially preferable sites.