DCAN 4: Restaurants, Cafes and Fast Food Outlets
2.5 Development Plans provide an important basis for rational and consistent decisions on planning applications and also a measure of certainty about which types of development will and will not be permitted in a given location. Such plans cater for the development needs of retailing together with other forms of development.
2.6 Where development plans contain policies on the location of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, this Advice Note provides supplementary planning guidance in relation to these policies. However, not all development plans contain such policies, and in these cases Planning Policy Statement 5 – ‘Retailing and Town Centres’ will provide the context for assessing proposals for restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets.