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  • 23 Jun
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    MediaCityUK and NJL win at Planning Awards 2017

    We are delighted to announce that MediaCityUK won Planning Permission of the Year at the Planning Awards 2017, run in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource. NJL Consulting worked on behalf of Peel Media Limited and joint venture between Peel Land and Property and Legal and General Capital to submit the application.

    Phase 2 will double the size of MediaCityUK and represents a £1 billion investment in this location.  It will bring forward c.1,800 apartments and 50,000 sq.m of offices with supporting retail, leisure, car parking and public realm.

  • 14 Jun
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    Graduate Planner role at NJL Manchester

    NJL Consulting has been providing specialist planning and development advice to clients across the UK for more than a decade.  Our expert, multi-disciplined team has developed a reputation for quality and attention to detail that has seen clients return to seek our services time and time again.

    NJL is a leading planning and development consultancy, based in Manchester and Leeds, which provides advice and prepares applications throughout the whole of the UK for a wide range of clients. We're committed to developing strong relationships with our clients.

  • 04 Apr
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    MediaCityUK shortlisted for Planning Awards

    NJL Consulting is delighted to announce that Phase 2 of MediaCityUK has been shortlisted for Planning Permission of the Year at The Planning Awards 2017.  Phase 2 of MediaCityUK comprises 11 development plots and will bring forward c.1,800 apartments and 50,000 sq.m of offices with supporting retail, leisure, car parking and public realm to continue the success of this prominent urban regeneration project.  Permission was granted on 1st September 2017 and it will represent £1 billion of investment in this location.    

    NJL acted on behalf of Peel Media Limited, a joint venture between Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital.  NJL was an integral part of the project team, providing strategic and detailed planning advice throughout the design process.  NJL set up a Planning Performance Agreement with Salford City Council which drove the planning process to a specific and tight timescale, including detailed pre-application engagement with the Council.  NJL co-ordinated the submission of the applications and the technical documentation that was submitted and prepared planning documents including a Planning and Delivery Statement, Technical Assessment Summary and an Executive Summary.  NJL worked closely with Salford City Council through to the successful determination of the applications within statutory timescales.

  • 12 Jan
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    What's NEXT?

    I wrote a presentation over 3 years ago for a client about how the discount retailers were rising from the ashes of the recession, somewhat like a phoenix from the flames.  Meanwhile those without a distinguishing offer were struggling and failing.  At that point I predicted that we would see a continuation of that trend because the recession had taught consumers; when you spend less you don’t automatically get less.

    The headlines in the two weeks that have followed Christmas 2016 have indeed shown us that the love of discount retailing gives no indication of abatement.  Both Aldi and Lidl reported double digit sales growth amongst headlines such as ‘A Merry Lidl Christmas’.  However, the savvier reader will have noticed that neither Lidl nor Aldi reported on their like for like performance.  Both retailers have been the subject of rapid expansion which shows no sign of slowing down, Lidl plan to open 50 new stores in 2017 and Aldi plan to open 70.

  • 18 Nov
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    Mezzanines and CIL - changes to Planning Practice Guidance

    The Government has revised National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) to confirm that mezzanine floorspace, inserted into an existing building, is not liable for CIL unless the mezzanine forms part of a wider planning permission that seeks to provide other works as well.

    PPG previously included a 200sqm threshold, whereby only mezzanines over 200sqm (gross) were liable for CIL, unless the mezzanine was linked to wider works.

  • 03 Oct
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    Survival of the Fittest

    Last week it was reported that UK retail sales had taken an unexpected dip in September.  This was accompanied by claims that warmer than normal weather could be to blame, or people overspent in August so cut back for a month.  However, in addition to the speculation about it being a short term phenomenon, is the very real possibility that the reason is actually due to a dent in consumer confidence which has sprung from the uncertainties surrounding Brexit.

    On the day of the Brexit poll I attended a Seminar titled ‘Retail & Town Centres: Where next? put on by the RTPI which included a talk by Mohammed Chaudhri of Experian Decision Analytics.  His talk was about the prospects for the UK economy and the retail sector, it looked at how the economy had faired since the recession, explained why there had been a slowdown in 2016 and looked forward to a post Brexit time.  The crux of his analysis was that;


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