I have just returned from a Planning Authority briefing by a major retail store. It was pre-outline planning. It is intended as mixed-retail with some "small" amount of retirement residences. The Planning Officers have raised no concerns.
However the development will be on recognised Brownfield land. I was under the impression that such developments were highlighted as sites primarily for Housing (maybe even Affordable/First Time Buyers) and were immune to some Planning obstacles. The site, by the way, uses up part of land owned by the own Council, for which it will be compensated (no issues there). .
Has the legislation changed? Can anyone advise?