The secret to a good planning application.... timing. Sweaty palms, nerves and sleepless nights, worrying that submitting your application at the wrong time and you could face accusations of a premature application.
The rising number of local convenience stores - ‘C-stores' - operated by UK grocery chains is seen as a reflection of changing shopping patterns, as people move more towards shopping ‘little and often'. With these ‘mini-supermarkets' set to sustain even stronger growth, we take a closer look at the planning dimensions of achieving this growth, and identify opportunities arising for retailers and developers to work together more closely to deliver these smaller format stores in new mixed-use and neighbourhood developments.
NJL Consulting have submitted a full planning application to Wigan Council, on behalf of CityHeart Ltd, for the development of a convenience foodstore at Mesnes Road, Wigan.
The site is brownfield and previously contained a petrol filling station which was demolished in July 2008. The site is now vacant and is in poor condition, breaking up the building line and attracting fly tipping. The proposed development will enable the site to be brought back into productive economic use while complementing the existing retail offer within the Swinley Local Centre.
The contribution that the evening economy makes to the vitality and viability of town centres has traditionally been undervalued in planning, but is this changing?
The evening economy is a significant contributor to economic performance and is a growing sector at a time when much of the economy, including the retail sector, is struggling. The evening economy has become a main attractor for many centres and makes a significant and valuable contribution to the economy in its own right. In fact, it contributes £66bn to the national economy, which represents a third of town and city centre turnover.
Full planning permission has been secured for the 56,000 sqft extension of the Recticel Insulation industrial warehouse, along with internal works, at Meir Park, Stoke-on-Trent. NJL Consulting acted as lead planning consultants in assembling and submitting the detailed planning application to Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of our clients, Henry Boot Developments Ltd.
Recticel Insulation have been operating from the industrial unit since its erection in 2008 and employ 60 members of staff. The planning application represents an opportunity for the business to continue to grow and invest in the local area while also creating five new FTE jobs at the site, which will in turn benefit the local economy.
With the Trafford Centre Metrolink line recently gaining the green light for public consultation in 2014, we decided to delve into the history of this troubled project and examine what its potential effects could be on Greater Manchester's economy.