Restaurant likely to improve vitality of town centre

In allowing the change of use of a shop to a restaurant in a primary shopping area in a north Yorkshire conservation area an inspector concluded that it was likely to improve the vitality of the immediate area.

The appellant produced survey information based on a similar restaurant in another town centre which demonstrated that the use generated a significant number of visitors and the footfall would improve the vibrancy of the area, the inspector concluded. Indeed it would be comparable with some national retailers commonly found in prime shopping locations.

A further benefit, the inspector decided, was the use of part of the ground floor to sell high quality food and other products which would provide an active frontage. The primary shopping area would retain over 90 per cent of the units in retail use. It would preserve the character of the conservation area by virtue of the shopfront design and retention of a strong retail frontage.

Inspector Matthew Birkinshaw; Hearing

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