Use ClassesUse / Description of DevelopmentPermitted Change

Use Classes

A1 Shops

Use / Description of Development

Shops, Retail Warehouses, Post Offices, Ticket and Travel Agents, Hairdressers, Funeral Director & Undertakers, Domestic Hire Shops, Dry Cleaners, Sandwiches or other cold food purchased and consumed off the premises, Internet Cafés and Cyber Cafés.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change except to mixed use as a shop and single flat and vice versa.

Use Classes

A2 Financial & Professional Services

Use / Description of Development

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.

Permitted Change

A1 (where there is a ground floor display window) plus above.

Use Classes

A3 Restaurants & Cafés

Use / Description of Development

Restaurants, Snack Bars and Cafés - Use for the sale of food for consumption on the premises.

Permitted Change

A1 or A2

Use Classes

A4 Drinking Establishments

Use / Description of Development

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.

Permitted Change

A1, A2 or A3

Use Classes

A5 Hot Food Takeaway

Use / Description of Development

Use for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

Permitted Change

A1, A2 or A3

Use Classes

B1 Business

Use / Description of Development

  • a) Offices other than in use within Class A2 (Financial & Professional Services).
  • b) Research and Development - Laboratories, Studios.
  • c) Light Industry.

Permitted Change

B8 (where no more than 235 sq. m)

Use Classes

B2 General Industrial

Use / Description of Development

General Industry (Other than Classified as in B1). The former 'Special Industrial' Use Classes, B3 - B7, are now encompassed in the B2 Use Class.

Permitted Change

B1 (unlimited) or B8 (where no more than 235 sq. m)

Use Classes

B8 Storage or Distribution

Use / Description of Development

Storage or Distribution Centres.

Permitted Change

B1 (where no more than 235 sq. m)

Use Classes

C1 Hotels

Use / Description of Development

Hotels, Boarding Houses & Guest Houses. Development falls within this class if 'no significant element of care is provided'.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

C2 Residential Institution

Use / Description of Development

Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Residential School and Training Centres. Use for the provision of residential accomodation and care to people in need of care.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

C2A Secure Residential Institution

Use / Description of Development

Use for a provision of secure residential accomodation, including use as a prison, young offenders institution, detention centre, secure training centre, custody centre, short term holding centre, secure hospital, secure local authority accomodation or use as a military barracks.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

C3 Dwellinghouses

Use / Description of Development

Dwellings for individuals, families or not moe than six people living together as a single household.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

D1 Non-Residential Institutions

Use / Description of Development

Medical & Health Services, Créche, Day Nursery, Day Centres, Museums, Public Halls, Libraries, Art Galleries, Exchibition Halls, Non-residential Education and Training Centres, Places of Worship, Church Halls, Law Courts.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

D1 Assembly & Leisure

Use / Description of Development

Cinems, Concert Halls, Sport Halls, Swimming Baths, Skating Rinks, Gymnasiums, Bingo Halls. Other Indoor and Outdoor Sports and Leisure Uses, not involving motorised vehicles or firearms.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change

Use Classes

Sui Generis

Use / Description of Development

There are many uses that are not specifically categorised by the four main use classes. These uses are classified as sui generis. For example: Petrol Stations, Retail Warehouse Clubs, Amusement Acades, Launderettes, Taxi or Vehicle Hire Businesses & the Selling and Displaying of Motor Vehicles, Nightclubs, Theatres, Hostels, Builders Yards, Scrap Yards, Scrap Yards, Casinos.

Permitted Change

No Permitted Change (except Casinos: permitted change from Sui Generis to D2)

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