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DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
4.0 Locational Considerations

4.1 In its broadest sense, retailing refers to the sale of goods individually, or in small quantities to consumers, and it would therefore include the sale of food for consumption on the premises, or hot food for consumption off the premises. In accordance with PPS 5 (paragraph 54), retailing will generally be directed to existing settlements of appropriate size and the development of inappropriate retail facilities in the open countryside will be resisted. Certain retail facilities that may be considered appropriate outside the development limits of settlements are listed, and these will normally be required to be located within existing buildings. Outside Green Belts and Countryside Policy Areas, new buildings or extensions may be acceptable if they are small in scale and can be satisfactorily integrated into the landscape and preferably into groups of buildings.
4.2 In PPS 5, the Department recognises the value and importance of established shopping areas in town, district and local centres, and is therefore committed to protecting their vitality and viability. In accordance with PPS 5, and subject to meeting the criteria set out in the detailed guidance below, preferable locations for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets include:
  • town centres; and
  • district centres and local centres.
4.3 In conservation areas, any proposed development should preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the area. Policy BH 12 of Planning Policy Statement 6, ‘Planning, Archaeology and the Built Environment’ states that the Department will normally only permit development proposals for new buildings, alterations, extensions and changes of use in, or which impact on the setting of, a conservation area where a number of criteria are met.
4.4 Any planning application received for a restaurant, café or fast food outlet, which is not in any of the above locations, will be determined on its particular merits, in accordance with broader rural policy, relevant development plans and other material considerations. The latter are dealt with in the next section, and include impact on amenity in relation to noise disturbance, smells and fumes, refuse and litter etc.
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