Category Archives: News

Planning and Tourism: How do they go hand-in-hand?

With tourism alone accounting for a whopping 7.2% of the UK’s GDP and 10% of all jobs, keeping the industry thriving and maintaining steady growth is absolutely vital to the health of the nation’s economy.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Retail Impact Assessment & Sequential Test

What is a Retail Impact Assessment?

A Retail Impact Assessment is required as part of an application for retail use which is outside a defined retail centre.… More >>

We Are Delighted To Welcome Chrissy Farrer To The Team

Chrissy Farrer, a chartered town planner from Derby with over 20 years’ experience working in the public sector, has often thought about a move into the private sector and how this could be combined with flexible working hours, but the right opportunity never came along.… More >>

New Use Class E – A ray of Hope for Britain’s Highstreets?

What is Class E use?

Introduced by the government in mid-2020, the new use Class E in the Use Class Order 1987 (as amended) covers establishments formally included in classes A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional) and A3 (restaurants and cafes).… More >>

Changing Shopping Habits in a Post-COVID World: Where Does Planning fit in?

In a world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Highstreet shopping quickly became a thing of the past last year, on a scale that could never have been foreseen.… More >>

A Practical Guide to Material Planning Considerations

When planning permission is being sought out for a new development, there are an endless number of potential objections and issues that may be raised by concerned local residents.… More >>