A shop front is one of the most important elements in determining the character, quality and perception of retail streets in towns and villages. Louth County Council alongside its partner aims to promote good-quality shopfronts which encourages good contemporary designs. The purpose of the guidelines, alongside the statutory development plans for Louth, is to encourage a discipline in this area based on clear principles of good shopfront design that provides for assistance to designers, retailers and planners alike in understanding and implementing these principles.
Every proposal to upgrade or replace a shopfront presents an opportunity to improve the appearance both of the buildings to which the shopfront relates to and the streetscape in which it sits.
The Business Improvement District works closely with Louth County Council and its partners to ensure that everybody has the right information as soon as it becomes available. The uptake within the Scheme in 2016 was deemed very successful and continues to grow year on year. If you are an existing shop owner or just starting out, this scheme is designed to help and nurture the process.
For more information on Shop Front Improvement Grants you can visit www.louthcoco.ie. If already have a application and would like some help or advice before you apply you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download your application form here.