London Plan Chapter 4 2x1

Policy 4.9 Small shops

Policy

Planning decisions

A  In considering proposals for large retail developments, the Mayor will, and Boroughs should, consider imposing conditions or seeking contributions through planning obligations where appropriate, feasible and viable, to provide or support affordable shop units suitable for small or independent retailers and service outlets and/or to strengthen and promote the retail offer, attractiveness and competitiveness of centres.

LDF preparation          

B  In LDFs, Boroughs should develop local policies where appropriate to support the provision of small shop units.

Supporting text

4.51  The Mayor is committed to supporting town centres, a dynamic, competitive and diverse retail sector and small and medium sized enterprises. In parts of London, small shops are in short supply and affordability is a key concern, particularly for independent retailers and small enterprises. In considering proposals for large retail developments (typically over 2,500 sq m), the Mayor and boroughs may impose planning conditions or seek to negotiate planning obligations where appropriate, feasible and viable, to mitigate the loss of, and/or provide or support affordable shop units suitable for small or independent traders. This policy can also be used to support improvements and measures to help strengthen the retail offer, attractiveness and competitiveness of centres through steps to improve environmental quality, as appropriate and having regard to provisions on State Aid. In relation to district and local centres, boroughs may wish to use a lower threshold recognising the scale of developments that may be likely at such centres.

4.52  The appropriateness of application of this policy will depend upon local circumstances and should be weighed against other strategic priorities for planning obligations set out in Policy 8.2, and take account of other policies on place shaping (Policy 7.1) and town centres (2.15, 4.7 and 4.8). Account should also be taken of site characteristics and practical considerations including design and layout. Viability is also a consideration, including its bearing on development costs and other priority planning obligations. Where relevant, the number and size of units should be determined on the merits of each case. To secure affordability in the longer term, the obligation should include measures to secure their affordability over time. Town Centres Supplementary Planning Guidance provides further advice on implementing this policy.

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