C1 Use Class comprises hotels, boarding and guest houses (Bed & Breakfast, Inn, Motels etc) where there is no specific element of care is provided. Where there is such an element of care this may likely fall under C2 use – please see here for more information. C1 Use Class also excludes hostels which may fall under the C2 or Sui Generis use.
Effectively a C1 Use Class could, therefore, be considered as open to the general public, rather than those for occupiers with special needs.
There are limited permitted development changes of use either to of from a C1 Use Class and as such it is likely that all such changes would require planning permission.
Where a planning application is submitted for a C1 Use Class hotel, particular where there is a change from a previous use, especially a residential dwelling, the planning departments will need to satisfy themselves with regards to the number of guests, noise, a loss of housing, unsociable hours, high-turnover of visitors, reducing the sense of community, servicing and crime.
Please contact the experts if you are looking for a C1 Use Class Hotel.