Change of Use to Takeaway

12th November 2020

On the 24th March 2020 Planning rules were relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways, including delivery services, during the coronavirus outbreak.

In order to assist businesses, the Government has announced a time limited permitted development right through secondary legislation allowing the temporary change of use of pubs and restaurants/cafes to a hot-food take away for a period of up to 12 months only. This amendment does not need active approval by Parliament, allowing it to take immediate effect, appropriate in the current circumstances.

Under previous legislation, businesses required planning permission for change of use to a hot food takeaway. The proposed change allows for businesses to diversify their offering and allows people to access food from the safety of their home or with minimal human interaction. The change was originally implemented as a time limited permitted development right for the period up to 23rd March 2021 and has now been extended by another year.

Local Planning Authorities have also been asked to relax enforcing controls on the amount of deliveries to retailers and businesses during this unprecedented time.

The increased reach of permitted development rights (PDR) and relaxation of enforcement action for take always and deliveries is very much welcomed.

At Bell Cornwell we have a strong understanding of the permitted development provisions and enforcement controls and so are well placed to assist in realising the benefit the new flexibility can have for protecting your business at this difficult and unpredictable time.

For more information please contact Associate, Jamie Wallace.

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