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Planning permission - mobile food truck in pub car park

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  • Planning permission - mobile food truck in pub car park

    Hello all,

    Hope everyone is doing well,

    Firstly just to apologise in advance if this is in the wrong forum - it looked like a suitable place to ask!

    I am considering starting a business venture running a mobile catering trailer. One key opportunity is to trade in the car park or grounds of a village pub. I have permission to do so from the landowner. I would be interested in trading there a number of days per week - ideally on a weekly regular schedule - and would look to trade elsewhere where opportunities arise.
    I have been advised that I may need planning permission in order to trade there. From my research, it seems this is a bit of a grey area. I am booked in to meet with the planning department of my local council to discuss my case. Ahead of this, I was hoping someone could clear up a few concerns:

    With my limited legal knowledge, my interpretation is that I wouldn't require a change of use since the pub falls within category A4 (drinking establishments) and my business falls in A5 (hot food and takeaway). I don't know whether it matters that my business would be outside the physical pub structure and on the grounds of it instead. Can anyone advise on this?

    I am seeking advice now to ensure I am well informed ahead of this meeting and that I don't shoot myself in the foot. For instance, I don't want to give the impression that this is a permanent structure if this is likely to add complications - after all the vehicle is intended to be mobile and respond to other opportunities. However, for convenience, it makes sense for the vehicle to remain in position, or at least on the pub grounds. Can anyone advise here?

    In the event that I am required to apply for planning permission, are there any key factors which affect the likelihood of it being accepted?


    I hope someone can help me out with any of the above - it would be hugely appreciated. I really look forward to getting this business off the ground!

    Many thanks
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