A Lawful Development Certificate has provided certainty for a landlord and potential tenants by confirming the planning status of a cafe.

Permission for the cafe was originally granted in redevelopment plans for an office block. Although the cafe was shown on the plans it was not included in the planning permission description causing uncertainty for future tenants.

A lawful development certificate for a proposed use has confirmed that changing from the existing use as a cafe (Use Class A3) to use as a sandwich bar (Use Class A1) would also not require planning permission. See The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

The lawful development certificate has also confirmed that a mezzanine erected within the unit does not require planning permission as it is less than 200 square metres.