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Notification of changes of use (Part 3 Class C)

Notification of changes of use from shops, financial and professional services, betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos to restaurants and cafes (Part 3 Class C)

The form will set out the legislative requirements for a prior notification. However, you should be aware that the Council can request further information to allow it to assess the impact of the proposed development.


To avoid this and consequent delays in determining the matter, it is recommended that the following information is included either on the form or as an attachment:

  • A location plan should be at an identified standard metric scale typically 1:1250. Plans should identify sufficient roads (normally two) and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear. It must also show the direction of North. The application site should be edged clearly with a red line. A blue line should be drawn around any other land owned by the applicant, close to or adjoining the application site.

  • A site plan should be drawn at an identified standard metric scale, typically 1:200. It should accurately show the direction of North and the proposed development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site, with written dimensions including those to the boundaries.

  • Floor plans and elevations should be drawn at an identified standard metric scale, typically 1:50. The drawings should explain the proposal in detail and clearly show the proposed works in relation to what is already there. All sides of the proposal should be shown and these should indicate, where possible, the proposed building materials and the style, materials and finish of windows and doors. Blank elevations should also be included; if only to show that this is the case.  Floor areas should be included.

  • A Statement setting out relevant evidence as to the use of the building

  • A Noise Statement prepared by a suitably qualified acoustician should be submitted setting out the impact of noise on the development and of noise from the development on adjoining uses.

  • A Odour Impact Statement identifying the impacts of the storage and handling of waste. Vents/bins.

  • A Opening Hours Statement identifying the impact of the proposed hours of operation on the surroundings

  • A Transport Statement setting out the transport implications of the development. For small schemes, the transport assessment should simply outline the transport aspects of the application. For major proposals (i.e. for a change of use to 10 or more dwellings), the assessment should illustrate accessibility to the site by all modes and the likely split of types of journey to and from the site. It should also give details of proposed measures to improve access by public transport, walking and cycling, to reduce the need for parking associated with the proposal and to mitigate transport impacts.

  • A Impact Statement on the continued adequacy of the provision of the use currently taking place and the sustainability of the remaining centre

  • A Design Statement explaining the rationale behind any proposed external changes.

    All information submitted will be viewable in a redacted format with personal information removed on our website. External and internal consultations will take place and, a site notice will be displayed. Any comments received will be viewable on our website as will the final decision made and the reasons for it.



Updated: 3 Oct 2017
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