Proposals to prevent the opening of new charity shops on one of Dublin's most popular shopping streets are out for public consultation this week.
The proposals, which are set out in the draft 2013 Scheme of Special Planning Control for Grafton Street and Environ, would see planning restrictions placed on a number of business types including charity shops.
Bryan Ward, a planner with Dublin City Council said that standards had declined on the popular street. "One of the ways to control this is not to grant planning permission. And in the draft scheme we've added to an existing list to include charity shops, seasonal shops and video-gaming stores" he said.
Speaking about the plans, Oxfam Ireland CEO Jim Clarken said: "We welcome any proposals that encourage retailers to take empty units and feel that charity shops should be allowed the opportunity to trade in the Grafton Street area if it's economically viable for them to do so. We are fortunate to have been bequeathed our South King Street premises and believe that our shop contributes to rather than detracts from the areas attractiveness to shoppers."
Submissions or observations in relation to the Scheme should be made in writing, to reach Tom Vaughan, Planning Department, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 before 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 13th June 2013