For a petrol station to apply for relocation, it must still be operative. This innovation was one introduced by the Planning Authority (PA) in a re-issue of the consultation document for a policy on Fuel Stations. The PA said that the re-issued consultation document ‘is more restrictive’ with what it described as a number of changes which make it more difficult for a relocation permit to be given. The PA said that this was one of the amendments it was implementing following submissions made following the round of public consultation carried out in April. The PA said that the policies would apply to pending applications.
Another clause in the document refers to fuel stations which might be considered to cause a negative impact on security or on transport. The proposed policy said that such issues would also be viable for applying for re-location. For an are in ODZ to be considered, the site needs to be already covered by a development permit or committed to development prior to 1967. A limit of 1,000 sq m or the span of committed area would then delineate the extent of the fuel station.