the government is preparing a decree to regulate “dark stores”

They flourish in large French cities, but are sometimes a source of major nuisance for local residents: “dark shops” should soon be the subject of a decree and a closure, announced the Delegate Ministry of the Minister for Ecological Transition, in charge of the city. and Housing.

For several months, the Paris city council has raised its voice against these premises opened by the actors of the fast delivery of home purchases, considering that they do not respect the regulations on urban planning. These “dark stores” are considered by the city council as warehouses, while the premises in which they have been installed are usually commercial premises.

However, warehouses and stores do not have the same impacts in terms of nuisance and neighborhood activity. The residents of the place complain about the inconvenience they generate, especially the comings and goings of the delivery men.

De facto legalization?

Emmanuel Grégoire, first PS deputy in the Paris city hall, in charge of urbanism, tweeted on Saturday his “concern” and his “misunderstanding” about “a draft decree (…) that in fact legalizes dark shops. As of From now on “a simple collection point will be enough to be considered as a business,” said the elected official, asking “the government to suspend this project and convene a specific working meeting on this issue with France Urbaine and the main interested cities.” .

The Ministry Delegate before the Minister for the Ecological Transition, responsible for City and Housing, for his part assured that the draft decrees and decrees “in development” were in particular to “better supervise the development of dark shops, dark kitchen” and “clarify the status of these premises.” A “consultation” has been underway “for six weeks,” he said.

Paris promises fines

The project “was submitted in July to the consultation of the different actors (local authorities and interested professionals),” the ministry said. “In the coming weeks, the work of adapting the text and consulting the actors involved will continue to better reconcile the various issues,” we added.

In June, the Paris city council announced that it wanted to impose, at the beginning of July, the first economic sanctions on the “big players” in the delivery of fast purchases at home. The capital now has, according to Emmanuel Grégoire, a hundred of these businesses, which are booming since the travel restrictions aimed at curbing the Covid-19 epidemic.

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