Sunday 11 December 2016

Councils to be given powers on how many pubs can open on streets

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 08/01/2016 | 11:25

Paudie Coffey. Photo: Damien Eagers
Paudie Coffey. Photo: Damien Eagers

CITY and county councils are to be given new powers to regulate the opening of pubs, off licences and nightclubs, Independent.ie can reveal.

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For the first time, councils will be able to include stricter rules surrounding licenced premises in their county and city development plans.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Planning Minister Paudie Coffey have agreed the measure amid concerns about the “proliferation” of new licenced premises in certain urban areas.

Coalition sources today said there is a concern about the build-up of off licences in particular on a single street.

The introduction of stricter planning rules in the development plan, which is the reserved right of councillors, will make it more difficult for licenced premises to be opened in certain urban areas.

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