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Commercial Property Planning 'Use Classes'


Use Classes
 

Use/ Description of Development
 

Permitted Change
 
A1
Shops
 
Shops, Retail Warehouses, Post Offices, Ticket and Travel Agents, Hairdressers, Funeral Directors & Undertakers, Domestic Hire Shops, Dry Cleaners, Sandwich Bars – Sandwiches or other cold food purchased and consumed off the premises, Internet Cafés and Cyber Cafés. No Permitted Change except to mixed use as a shop and single flat and vice versa.
A2
Financial & Professional Services
 
Financial Services (Banks, Building Societies and Bureau de Change), Professional Services (excluding Health or Medical Services) (Estate Agents and Employment Agencies). Other Services – Betting Shops. Principally where services are provided to visiting members of the public. A1 (where there is a ground floor display window) plus as above.
A3
Restaurants & Cafes
 
Restaurants, Snack Bars and Cafés – Use for the sale of food for consumption on the premises. A1 or A2.
A4
Drinking Establishments
 
Use as a Public House, Wine-Bar or other Drinking Establishment. The primary purpose is the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink on the premises. A1, A2 or A3.
A5
Hot Food Takeaway
 
Use for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises. A1, A2 or A3.
B1
Business
 
a) Offices rather than in a use within Class A2 (Financial and Professional Services).
b) Research and Development – Laboratories, Studios.
c) Light Industry.
 
B8 (where no more than 235 Sq M).
B2
General Industrial
 
General Industry (Other than Classified as in B1). The former ‘Special Industrial@ Use Classes, B3 – B7, are all now encompassed in the B2 Use Class. B1 (unlimited) or B8 (where no more than 235 Sq M).
B8
Storage or Distribution
 
Storage or Distribution Centres. B1 (where no more than 235 Sq M).
C1
Hotels
 
Hotels, Boarding Houses & Guest Houses. Development falls within this class if ‘no significant element of care is provided’. No Permitted Change.
C2
Residential Institutions
 
Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Residential School and Training Centres. Use for the provision of residential accommodation and care to people in need of use. No Permitted Change.
C2A
Secure Residential Institutions
 
Use for a provision of secure residential accommodation, including use as a prison, young offenders institution, detention centre, secure training centre, custody centre, short term holding centre, secure hospital, secure local authority accommodation or use as a military barracks. No Permitted Change.
C3
Dwelling houses
 
Dwellings for individuals, families or not more than six people living together as a single household. No Permitted Change.
D1
Non-Residential Institutions
 
Medical & Health Services, Crèche, Day Nursery, Day Centres, Museums, Public Halls, Libraries, Art Galleries, Exhibition Halls, Non-residential Education and Training Centres, Places of Worship, Church Halls, Law Courts. No Permitted Change.
D2
Assembly & Leisure
 
Cinemas, Concert Halls, Sports Halls, Swimming Baths, Skating Rinks, Gymnasiums, Bingo Hall. Other Indoor and Outdoor Sports and Leisure Uses, not involving motorized vehicles or firearms. No Permitted Change.
Sui Generis
 
There are many use classes that are not specifically categorised by the four main use classes. These uses are classified as sui generic. For example: Petrol Stations, Retail Warehouse Clubs, Amusement Arcades, Launderettes, Taxi or Vehicle Hire Business & the Selling and Displaying of Motor Vehicles, Nightclubs, Theatres, Hostels, Builders Yards, Scrap Yards, Casinos. No Permitted Change (except Casinos: permitted change from Sui Generis to D2)
     

 

 


 
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