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28.1 Proposals to introduce new retail (A1), service (A2, A3, A4, A5) and community facilities (D1, D2 or specified Sui Generis – launderette, sale of fuel for motor vehicles) to the villages will be supported where:

  1. The proposal is small scale to meet a demonstrable need,


  1. The proposal will re-use or convert an existing building.


  1. The proposal is for a change of use from one service to another or will provide for joint use of an existing village facility, such as a pub or church hall.

28.2 Only where no suitable buildings can be found will new build be considered. Any new building should be within the settlement boundary unless it can be shown that there are no suitable sites. In such instances the applicant must provide evidence of need and must show measurable public support through appropriate consultation with local people, both for the proposed facility and the chosen site.

28.3 Existing village facilities will be protected. Planning permission for change of use to a non community use will be resisted unless it can be proven that the premises have been vacant for over 1 year and have been actively marketed.

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