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The Forward Planning Section of Wexford County Council, with the cooperation and support of Gorey Chamber, are in the process of preparing a new County Development Plan which will cover the period 2019-2025. The first draft of the plan will be submitted to the Council Members at the end of February 2018.

The process will include replacement of the County Retail Strategy which formed part of the County Development Plan 2013-2019.   The new Strategy will contain a detailed section on Gorey. The purpose of the Strategy is to ensure that the planning system continues to play a positive role in supporting competitiveness and choice in the retail sector.

It will contain both quantitative and qualitative information. The quantitative information that will be gathered will relate to the area of existing retail floor space, types of floor space, level of vacancy and requirements for future floor space having regard to future population and likely available spend.

The qualitative information will include an assessment of the shopping environment and a ‘health check’ of the town. There will also be a minimum of 1000 household and shopper surveys carried out in the County to gather people’s views on the relative advantages and disadvantages of the various towns including:

  • why people shop in particular locations?
  • what they leave the county to buy?
  • what could be improved?
  • how we could retain more spend etc?

Apart from consumers the Plan will focus on the views and first-hand knowledge of the retailers themselves and the organisations that represent them.

It is crucial that retail sector Chamber Members have a clear and distinct input into this worthwhile strategy.

The Chamber Board will form a representative Retail Development Committee in December to monitor and engage with the development of the final strategic plan. The avoidance of damage to the retail experience in Gorey can only be ensured through good planning and a strong vision of where we want to be in the period 2019-2025.

In this regard it is proposed to:

  • Hold a stakeholders meeting in Gorey on Thursday 7th December in Amber Springs Hotel, 2pm-4pm.
  • Carryout on-street questionnaires.
  • Measure of floor area of retail premises.

Gorey is a Retail Gem. It is our collective responsibility to keep it that way. This is our chance to have an impact and I urge all Retail Members to engage with us on this project. If you would like to be part of the Retail Development Committee please let me know on info@goreychamber.ie or phone 0868394811


Diarmuid Devereaux
Gorey Chamber of Commerce.





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