Office conversion to food and drink use beneficial to centre’s vitality

The conversion of a vacant office in a neighbourhood shopping centre in greater Manchester would assist in maintaining the centre's health and vitality by introducing a restaurant or drinking establishment.

The centre was agreed to be in good health with a low vacancy rate, and with up to one third of the units in retail use and just over a quarter in A3, A4 and A5 uses. An inspector agreed that the change of use would not lead to a proliferation or over-concentration of food and drink uses and it would assist in increasing footfall. Nor would the conversion lead to any reduction in retail uses such that overall, no harm to the centre’s function would arise.
Inspector: M Cryan; Written representations

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