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DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
Summary

Proposals for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, particularly those in close proximity to residential property often generate objections, and it is important that potential purchasers of premises intended for such uses have access to appropriate advice before making planning applications.
The purpose of this Development Control Advice Note (DCAN) is to provide supplementary planning guidance that indicates acceptable locations for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets. Development Control Advice Note 4 applies throughout Northern Ireland to development proposals (including new buildings and changes of use) for the sale of food for consumption on the premises or of hot food for consumption off the premises. It does not apply to shops such as sandwich bars selling cold food for consumption off the premises.
This guidance supersedes:
  • Development Control Advice Note 4 ‘ Hot Food Bars’ (1983) and;
  • Development Control Advice Note 6 ‘Restaurants and Cafés’ (1983).

Contents of Development Control Advice Note 4

Section 1: Purpose and scope of the guidance.
Section 2: Policy context.
Section 3: Need for planning permission and other consents when dealing with proposals for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets.
Section 4: Locational considerations, focusing on the locations which are generally acceptable for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets i.e. town centres, district centres and local centres.
Section 5: Effects on amenity that can result from this particular type of land use i.e. noise disturbance, smells and fumes, refuse and litter. Traffic considerations/car parking and provision for people with disabilities are also taken into account.
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