Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1972

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 1972/1385

1972 No. 1385



The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1972

11thSeptember 1972

23rdOctober 1972

The Secretary of State for the Environment, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 22 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971(a) and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following order:—

Citation and commencement

1. This order may be cited as the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1972 and shall come into operation on 23rd October 1972.


2.—(1) The Interpretation Act 1889(b) shall apply to the interpretation of this order as it applies to the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

(2) In this order—

"the Act" means the Town and Country Planning Act 1971;

"shop" means a building used for the carrying on of any retail trade or retail business wherein the primary purpose is the selling of goods by retail, and includes a building used for the purposes of a hairdresser, undertaker, travel agency, ticket agency or post office or for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired, or for any other purpose appropriate to a shopping area, but does not include a building used as a funfair, amusement arcade, pin-table saloon, garage, launderette, petrol filling station, office, betting office, hotel, restaurant, snackbar or café or premises licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquors for consumption on the premises;

"office" includes a bank and premises occupied by an estate agency, building society or employment agency, or (for office purposes only) for the business of car hire or driving instruction but does not include a post office or betting office;

"post office" does not include any building used primarily for the sorting or preparation for delivery of mail or for the purposes of Post Office administration;

"betting office" means any building in respect of which there is for the time being in force a betting office licence pursuant to the provisions of the Betting and Gaming Act 1960(c);

"launderette" includes any building used for the purpose of washing or cleaning clothes or fabrics in coin-operated machines;

(a) 1971 c. 78.

(b) 1889 c. 63

(c) 1960 c 60.

"industrial building" means a building (other than a building in or adjacent to and belonging to a quarry or mine and other than a shop) used for the carrying on of any process for or incidental to any of the following purposes, namely:—

(a) the making of any article or of part of any article, or

(b) the altering, repairing, ornamenting, finishing, cleaning, washing, packing or canning, or adapting for sale, or breaking up or demolition of any article, or

(c) without prejudice to the foregoing paragraphs, the getting, dressing or treatment of minerals,

being a process carried on in the course of trade or business other than agriculture, and for the purposes of this definition the expression "article" means an article of any description, including a ship or vessel;

"light industrial building" means an industrial building (not being a special industrial building) in which the processes carried on or the machinery installed are such as could be carried on or installed in any residential area without detriment to the amenity of that area by reason of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, soot, ash, dust or grit;

"general industrial building" means an...

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