DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
4.5 Restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets complement the primary shopping function of town centres by contributing to the range and choice of facilities available to residents and visitors, and they also support tourism.
4.6 The Department’s policy for town centres and retail developments is set out at paragraph 5 of Planning Policy Statement 5 (PPS 5) ‘Retailing and Town Centres’. Within primary retail cores, the Department will control non-retail uses at ground floor level. Applications for change of use from shop to local services, such as building society offices, banks and estate agents, restaurants or hot-food take-away premises may be acceptable except where:
- there would be a significant loss of retail floorspace at ground level;
- a clustering of non-retail uses is created; or
- the area overall is tending to be dominated by non-retail uses.
4.7 Within town centres, but outside the primary retail core, proposals for local services, offices and food uses will be determined on their merits.