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  • 25 Sep
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    NJL analysis of Aldi's results

    News and results coming out of the first half of the 2017/18 financial year demonstrate the continued push of German convenience stores on the UK convenience goods market.  As Aldi and Lidl advance on displacing the UK ‘Top Four’ (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, and Morrisons), it is the former who has surpassed already confident revenue targets.

    This morning Aldi reported revenues up 13.5% in FY16.  This surpasses optimistic targets envisaged by industry leaders.

  • 14 Aug
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    High Court quashes Forest of Dean Aldi consent

    High Court  has quashed a planning permission granted by the Forest of Dean District Council to Aldi for a discount food store Coleford, Gloucestershire (see Midcounties Co-operative Limited v Forest of Dean District Council [2017] EWHC 2056 (Admin)).

    The judgement provides a useful reminder of the need for clear, robust and reasoned planning judgement, in particular where a decision is finely balanced.

  • 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.


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