Our experience includes the detailed consideration of quantitative and qualitative matters, the sequential approach to site selection and detailed analysis of the possible trading effects of new development. Quod has also provided an expert witness role at several planning appeals and Local Plan Examinations in respect of proposals / policies for retail and other town centre uses.
Planning policy is well established in requiring new development not in a defined centre or allocated in an up-to-date development plan to address the relevant retail ‘tests’ – namely the sequential approach and impact test. These policy requirements do not just apply for new retail uses but also for other ‘main town centre uses’ (such as cinemas, gyms and food and drink). It is necessary for such uses to also be supported by robust supporting evidence addressing relevant planning policy.
Reflecting this, Quod has extensive experience in leading on the preparation of planning applications for a range of proposals for retail, leisure and town centre uses throughout the UK. This includes providing successful strategies, advice, and robust evidence to support new development, ranging from major retail and leisure proposals to standalone single use development.
This experience including proposals for:
- Retail (including foodstores)
- Food and drink uses
- Other commercial leisure uses (including family-orientated uses, such as trampoline parks; and ten-pin bowling)
Quod’s extensive experience has meant that we are a leading consultancy in advising clients on retail and town centre policy matters. We have an excellent understanding of best practice, relevant case law and offer a dynamic and highly commercial approach to ensure the best outcome for our clients.
Quod advises a range of private sector developers, development managers, retailers and institutional investors on retail planning matters including Aberdeen Standard Investments, Columbia Threadneedle, Canada Life, Ediston, LaSalle Investment Management, Lothbury Investment Management, Aviva Investors, Lend Lease, Hammerson, Grosvenor, Landsec, British Land, Savills Investment Management, Royal London Asset Management, TJ Morris Limited, Wickes Building Supplies Limited and Next plc.