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  • 12 Jan
    Edgbaston Mill By Elliott Brown Via Flickr

    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.

  • 19 Dec
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    We've been nominated for Insider's Planning Team of the Year Award

    NJL Consulting is delighted to be shortlisted for Planning Team of the Year at the Insider North West Residential Property Awards.  

    NJL has had a highly successful 2016 with a number of consents including schemes at Trafford Waters and MediaCityUK.  We are also working with Bloor Homes on a policy driven challenge at Appleton Thorn, Warrington.  For more information on our projects, please view our case studies page.

  • 05 Dec
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    NJL Consulting Leeds submits application for Unite the Union improvements

    NJL Consulting (Leeds) Ltd has submitted an application for planning permission to deliver substantial improvements to Unite the Unions’ existing premises on Call Lane, Leeds.

  • 29 Nov
    Bird In Hand Pub Mobberley Cheshire By Martin Vmorris Via Flickr

    Submitted - luxury detached home proposed in Cheshire Green Belt

    Plans for a luxury detached home have been submitted to Cheshire East Council on behalf of a private landowner seeking to create a new dwelling on the footprint of an existing residential curtilage building.

    NJL Consulting’s Manchester office was instructed to assist with the planning application by the retained contractor.  The site is located east of Mobberley off Knutsford Road.

  • 21 Nov
    P1070910 Dxo By Seika

    Warehouse Extension consent for Housing Units, Oldham

    NJL Consulting is delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for a 3,192 square metre extension to Housing Unit’s existing office and distribution headquarters off Tweedale Way in Failsworth, which obtained unanimous approval from Oldham’s Planning Committee.   Pozzoni was also on the project team as the sole architects.

    NJL prepared and submitted the planning application, including preparing a Planning Statement.  NJL coordinated the suite of documents submitted with the application and worked with Pozzoni to finalise the plans package.  During the application process NJL worked closely with Oldham Council to minimise the conditions attached to the planning permission and in particular pre-commencement conditions, to facilitate a quick development programme. 

  • 18 Nov
    800Px Industrial Mezzanine Floor

    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.


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