12/11/20 – Boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes as takeaway rights are extended

This week the Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced that restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

This follows a relaxation of planning rules in March so businesses could offer a takeaway service during the pandemic, without having to go through a planning application process. This was due to end on 23 March 2021 but will now be extended by another year.

The right for communities to host market and stalls has also been extended for the whole of next year. Under the national restrictions currently in place, markets can sell takeaways from stalls. However, the stalls must not have seating areas.

Laws introduced also include:

  • Introducing minimum space standards for all homes delivered through Permitted Development Rights. This amendment will come into force from 6 April 2021.
  • Planning permission is now required to demolish theatres, concert halls and live music venues.
  • Extending temporary measures enabling emergency development by Councils and Health Services from 31 December 2020 to 31 December 2021, allowing for buildings such as Nightingale Hospitals.

Should you have any queries relating to permitted development rights then please feel contact your local Aitchison Raffety office, or planning@argroup.co.uk