First Draft Watford Local Plan 2020-2036

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Appendix B: Planning Use Classes

Use Class

Type

Description

A1

Shops

Shops, retail warehouses, post offices, hairdressers, funeral directors, showrooms, internet cafes, domestic hire shops, travel and ticket agencies, dry cleaners and sale of cold food for consumption off premises

A2

Financial and professional services

Financial services such as banks and building societies, estate and employment agencies and professional services (other than health and medical services)

A3

Restaurants and cafés

For the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises e.g. restaurants and cafés

A4

Drinking establishments

Public houses, wine bars and other drinking establishments (not night clubs)

A5

Hot food takeaways

For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises

B1

Business

B1a - Offices

B1b - Research and development

B1c - Light industry appropriate in a residential area

B2

General industrial

Industrial processes other than those falling into Class B1

B8

Storage and distribution

Storage and distribution centres and warehousing

C1

Hotels

Hotels, boarding and guesthouses

C2

Residential institutions

Residential accommodation and care to people in need of care, such as boarding schools, hospitals and nursing homes

C3

Dwelling houses

Housing occupied by a single person or family

C4

Houses in multiple occupation

Shared housing occupied by between three and six unrelated residents

D1

Non-residential institutions

Clinics, health centres, creches, day nurseries, schools, non- residential education and training centres, museums, public libraries, public halls, exhibition halls, places of worship, law courts

D2

Assembly and leisure

Cinemas, concert halls, bingo halls, dance halls, swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums, other areas for indoor and outdoor sports and recreations (except for motor sports, or where fire arms are used)

Sui Generis

Uses which do not fall within the specified use classes above

Includes theatres, HMOs of larger than 6 people,

nightclubs, betting offices, pay day loan shops, casinos, scrap yards, hostels and others

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