Government plans go-ahead for larger supermarkets in major cities
THE government is to propose an increase in the maximum size of supermarkets in Ireland's largest cities.
This is in light of a commitment under the EU/IMF deal that the State would consider eliminating the cap on retailers' size.
In a consultation document published today, the cap on supermarkets in the Greater Dublin area will increase from 3,500 to 4,000 square metres.
In Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford it will increase to 3,500 square metres.
And in the rest of the country it will be 3,000 square metres.
The restriction on retail warehouses will remain at 6,000 square metres, according to Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan..
ISME – the small business group - claimed that repealing the retail planning guidelines would create a "retail desert" landscape across the country.