Home economics: Sinead Ryan answers your property questions
I live in a 1930s terraced house on a busy road with retail units interspersed with houses. I’ve harboured a dream to open a café in the downstairs of my property (which is residential now), and living upstairs — there are two large rooms which would convert and I live alone. I am due a sizable redundancy payment and this is what I’d like to put it towards. What would be involved in terms of planning and permission for this?