DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
5.0 Other Considerations
5.1 Applications for restaurants, cafés or fast food outlets generally give rise to a number of issues and objections which are specific to these particular categories of land use. As a result, the likely impact of such proposals on the character and amenity of the adjoining or surrounding area will be an important concern when determining applications. In assessing this impact, a number of factors need to be taken into account i.e.
- noise disturbance;
- smells and fumes;
- refuse and litter;
- traffic considerations and car parking; and
- provision for people with disabilities.
5.2 The use of planning conditions is often paramount to the control of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, particularly in relation to the above considerations. The impact of many proposals which would otherwise be rejected, may be mitigated by the imposition of such conditions. Preventative measures can be taken through the development control process by for example restricting opening hours and dealing with the technical aspects of noise and fume attenuation. The Environmental Health Department of the relevant local council will be consulted as appropriate during the processing of planning applications and in the formulation of any conditions considered necessary for the approval of the development. Local councils also have an important reactive role to play and have extensive regulatory control of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, especially in relation to food and hygiene aspects.