The Co-operative Group: Shipston on Stour

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Full planning permission to secure an expanded store presence for the Co-operative Group

Shipston on Stour is a small market town in Stratford on Avon.  The Co-operative Group owns the largest convenience store in the town which plays an important role in meeting the needs of local people.  The store was tired and suffering from a lack of investment, but when an opportunity to also purchase an adjacent building, major investment funds were targeted to the store and planning permission was required for the expanded store in a timely and cost effective manner to meet a tight construction programme.

Our Role

NJL Consulting were instructed to act as lead planning advisors to secure full planning permission for the redevelopment and expansion of the existing store.  The client requirements were to ensure that planning permission was secured to maintain a tight construction programme as well as to ensure there were no restrictive or onerous planning conditions to the commencement of works

A public exhibition community consultation event was held before the planning application was submitted, and NJL played a key role in clearly presenting the community consultation material, advising the attendees of the public exhibition and securing positive feedback from local residents about the proposed development. 


The proposals included a complex mix of works to extend the store to maximise the extension that could be achieved on a site which is constrained by surrounding development and where residential amenity is an important consideration.  Alongside these factors, the scheme also involved works to link the store to an adjacent Grade II Listed Building. 

NJL led detailed discussions with the Council’s Conservation Officer about the works to the Listed Building to negotiate a mutually agreeable position which met with the Council’s requirements and was commercially feasible. 

Positive Outcome

Planning permission and Listed Building consent were secured for an enlarged Co-operative Store and Post Office within 12 weeks ensuring that the store redevelopment works could be commenced on time and within budget.