This week the Government announced further restrictions to daily life and activity. Whilst essential to help curb the spread of Coronavirus this will add to the already intense pressure our economy is under. With so many businesses being forced to close there is some good news for the many cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars that have had to shut their doors.
Legislation has been passed which amends the existing permitted development regulations (General Permitted Development Order 2015) to allow these businesses to continue trading on a takeaway basis for the next year. Whilst many businesses will already have turned to operating in this way, under normal conditions a takeaway operation requires planning permission as a change of use. The new legislation formalises takeaway operation for A3 and A4 class businesses as being “permitted” with no requirement for planning permission. Establishments are still required to notify their Local Authority of their takeaway use and the new temporary permitted development rights do not override any existing planning conditions that might be in place which prevent takeaway use of the premises.
For anyone looking to take advantage of these new planning measures or has any questions, the Batcheller Monkhouse Planning Team remains available to provide advice and assistance. The office telephones have been diverted to relevant mobiles so someone will be there to help should you call the contact details here.