New council regulations will see applications for bars outside of the city centre recommended for refusal by planning chiefs.
Under a policy forming part of the council’s new local development plan (LDP), proposals for new public houses will not be supported in locations outwith the city centre.
The council claims there will be less hassle for communities if pubs are kept within the city centre.
It further argues because of the busy nature of the centre of Dundee, fewer “amenity issues” will be experienced by those who live close to a bar outside the confines of the city centre.
The policy has been slammed as “short-sighted” by David Glass, president of the Dundee Licensed Trade Association.
“When the idea of overprovision was first floated four years ago we believed all the work going on in Dundee was going to encourage businesses to come into the city and get licenses,” Mr Glass said.
“The V&A effect was meant to be about the whole of the area and this seems to suggest a focus on the city centre.
“Every application for a new pub should be considered on its own merit. I’d also hope that this policy was a guideline rather than a rule, otherwise it’ll just be chaos.
“The development of the Waterfront is the selling point for investment in Dundee – we were told it wasn’t just going to impact the city centre.
“It’s almost like (communities) are being penalised for not being in the city centre.”
Trade body the Scottish Beer and Pub Association has also condemned the council’s plan.
Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “Three pubs a day close their doors in Scotland for good, meaning many communities have lost or will lose their local.
“The council should be looking at putting in place policies that help, rather than hinder, its local communities.”
Council officers behind the new plan say the limitations on new pubs are there to protect communities outside the city centre, claiming pubs can cause “amenity issues” for residents.
Dundee City Council introduced an overprovision policy in January last year, limiting the licenses that can be given to “off-sales” vendors such as supermarkets. The council had hoped to include “on-sales” vendors such as pubs in its policy but later took this out following a consultation.
A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Due to the nature of their business, public houses can raise amenity issues for residents in the community area.
“However, public houses are considered to be important within the city centre if this area is to fulfil its function as the principal destination for leisure and social activities.
“It is also recognised that pubs in terms of their impact on amenity will be relatively less significant in the city centre given the level of activity.
“Therefore proposals for new public houses will only be supported within the city centre.
“Beyond the restrictions on new pubs, the council has recognised the importance of local shops with a range of protective measures.”
Local shopping areas like Lochee and Perth Road will be prioritised over sites on the edge of the city centre or “commercial centres” such as the city’s retail parks.