Council planning ban on off-licence expansion
NEW off-licences will effectively be banned from the capital under Dublin's new development plan.
Councillors last night voted to restrict the expansion of any new or existing off-licences under Dublin City Council's draft development plan for 2011-2017 unless a "compelling case can be made".
The proposal is included in numerous amendments to the city's planning blueprint that was the subject of a special council meeting last night.
Anyone wishing to applying for planning permission to open or expand an existing off-licence will also have to include a map of any off-licences located within a 1km radius of the proposed site.
The proliferation of off-licences in the capital and the subsequent problems of anti-social behaviour and binge drinking was one of the most important aspects of the new development plan being discussed last night, Labour councillor Emer Costello said.
"It's very important that we put in proper guidelines," she said.
The decision follows a submission by the city manager who argued that such restrictions might impede the planned expansion of Tesco Express shops in the capital.
But councillors in favour of the restriction argued that the easy availability of alcohol is among the factors leading to the social problems associated with binge drinking and alcoholism.