The council alleged that the change of use of a fairly large shop would undermine the area's retail function. But the inspector noted that the council's policies did not preclude amusement centres in towns. The immediate area retained a considerable level of vitality in terms of numbers of visitors, he found. He observed that amusement centres are common features in many town centres and meet the needs of shoppers and others during the day and early evening.
DCS Number 100-050-381
Inspector Bob Watson; Written representations.