how we can help
Whether devising strategies for management and growth, or promoting sustainable retail and mixed-use developments, we are actively involved in the enhancement of competitive town centres across the UK.
Our expertise blends planning issues with sound commercial judgements about demand, viability and the opportunity for growth and change in different locations. An in-depth understanding of this dynamic retail and leisure sector assists in unlocking the development potential of town centres and specific opportunity sites, facilitating investment and realising value.
We prepare robust evidence based retail, leisure and town centre strategies across the UK. Whether at a sub-regional, local or neighbourhood level, sound findings and recommendations guide plan-making and development management decisions.
Our studies provide deliverable strategies and frameworks for regeneration, development and investment. We provide client support at every stage of the process from gathering evidence and identifying needs, to agreeing on the spatial vision, and onwards through to the EIP process and formal adoption of effective and sound plans.
From new urban extensions to estate renewal regeneration, our team has extensive experience advising both the public and private sector on the creation of effective and complementary retail and town centre floorspace.
We support our clients at every stage of the planning lifecycle. From project inception we advise on the location, mix and scale of retail/town centre floorspace through to the preparation of supporting planning statements and impact assessments, and provide input to wider regeneration strategies, masterplans and development plan documents.
We provide specialist consultancy advice to our public sector clients in respect of planning applications for retail and main town centre uses. A detailed review of the proposal, site and supporting application material enables conclusions to be drawn in respect of an application’s compliance with the national, regional and local planning policy framework – including key considerations such as the sequential and impact tests.
Our team prepares detailed planning appraisals on behalf of our private sector clients in order to understand the development potential of sites. Our in-depth investigations enable clients to consider options around increasing the attraction and value of their assets, either prior to purchase as part of an investment decision, or as a means to add value to an existing site or portfolio.
From advising on planning strategy through to the preparation of planning application submissions, we negotiate the process on behalf of developers, investors, landowners and operators.
Our specialist skills are regularly required to prepare supporting retail impact and sequential site assessments as part of a wider planning submission. Proposals range from large and complex mixed-use schemes to applying for change of use and variation of conditions.