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DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
Purpose of Guidance

1.13 The purpose of this Development Control Advice Note is to provide supplementary planning guidance in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 5 ‘Retailing and Town Centres’, and to support development plan policies relating to the location of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets. Its specific objectives are:
  • To clarify when planning permission is required for proposals involving the establishment, alteration or extension of buildings for the sale of food for consumption on the premises, or the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.
  • To set out clearly the planning criteria which will be taken into account in determining a planning application for such development.
  • To assist those who intend to establish such uses in deciding if premises are suitable for the use, and in assessing the measures which may be required to make proposals acceptable in planning terms.
  • To ensure consistency in the provision of planning advice and decisions.
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