Plant nurseries and garden centres in rural areas Q & A DCP Section 22.4

This section deals with issues related to plant nurseries and garden centres in rural locations. It is not concerned with garden centres of the kind often associated with DIY superstores. For those see Section (13.1). Farm shops are dealt with in Section (13.8) and are not referred to in the following sections.

Q & A    22.4/10

The legal department of my authority has advised the owner of a garden centre in a rural area, that a public house licence is required to permit the sale of wine at the café associated with the centre. Would the granting of such a licence automatically require the associated submission of a planning application for change of use to a pub, or would it be treated as an ancillary use?

In itself the licensing situation would not play a part in this assessment and the answer revolves around the planning position. If the planning unit continues to comprise a primary use as a garden centre embracing an associated café/bar for customers, then the nature of the refreshments served would be of no consequence. Only if the café became a popular destination in its own right is it likely that the question of a material change of use could be raised. Then it could be asserted that planning permission would be required for a change from a garden centre to a mixed use comprising a garden centre and a café/bar.

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