§ 11. Mr. Worsley
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will amend the Use Classes Order so that planning permission would be required for a change of use from a shop to a restaurant or cafe.
§ Mr. Graham Page
I am considering this suggestion as part of a review of the Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order, 1963, but I am not yet in a position to announce any final decision.
§ Mr. Worsley
Is my hon. Friend aware that discussion of this matter has been going on for years, since I first raised it with the previous Government? Does he not think it is time that discussion ended and decisions were taken?
§ Mr. Ashton
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a great deal of distress is sometimes caused when a shop changes hands and becomes a restaurant or a café and a juke box is installed which plays loud music from early in the morning until late at night? Will he in the necessary legislation see whether it can be backdated so that changes which have taken place over the last few years have to be renewed every 12 months or so?