Sevenoaks District Local Plan Proposed Submission Version Regulation 19 Consultation (including Appendices 1-4)

Use Classes

Use Class



Shops e.g. Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel agencies, post offices (but not sorting offices), pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes.


Financial and professional services - Financial services such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) including estate and employment agencies and betting offices.


Restaurants and cafés - For the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises - restaurants, snack bars and cafes.


Drinking establishments - Public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments (but not night clubs).


Hot food takeaways - For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.



  1. Offices (other than those that fall within A2),
  2. research and development of products and processes,
  3. (c) light industry appropriate in a residential area.


General industrial - Use for industrial process other than within class B1


Storage or distribution - This class includes open air storage.


Hotels - Hotels, boarding and guest houses where no significant element of care is provided (excludes hostels).


Residential institutions - Residential care homes, hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools, residential colleges and training centres.


Secure Residential Institution - Use for a provision of secure residential accommodation, including use as a prison, young offender's institution, detention centre, or use as a military barracks.




Houses in multiple occupation - small shared dwelling houses occupied by between three and six unrelated individuals, as their only or main residence, who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.


D1 Non-residential institutions - Clinics, health centres, day nurseries, day centres, schools, art galleries museums, libraries, halls, places of worship, church halls, law court. Non residential education and training centres.


Assembly and leisure - Cinemas, music and concert halls, bingo and dance halls (but not night clubs), swimming baths, skating rinks, gymnasiums or area for indoor or outdoor sports and recreations

Sui Generis

Sui Generis - Certain uses do not fall within any use class and are considered 'sui generis'. Such uses include: theatres, scrap yards. Petrol filling stations and shops selling and/or displaying motor vehicles. Retail warehouse clubs, nightclubs, launderettes, taxi businesses, amusement centres and casinos.