Financial services include banks and building societies, but in England, do not include uses with are classed as Sui Generis (including betting offices or payday loan shops) – please click here for more information.
Professional services including estate agents and employment agencies. It should be noted that health and medical services do not fall within an A2 Use Class and would generally be considered as a D1 use – please click here for more information.
A2 Use Class sits within the overall general retail group rather than business uses and therefore could be seen in a similar context of uses that would work within a retail context – imagine estate agencies with a shop front, building societies located on high streets etc. Indeed the 1987 Use Classes Order highlights that it allows “… services which it is appropriate to provide in a shopping area, where the services are provided principally to visiting members of the public”.