So here we are at Day 1 of Glee 2021. As Design and Business consultants, Pleydell Smithyman are highlighting some key opportunities for the Garden Centre Industry with emphasis on Planning high on the agenda.
Planning has been greatly affected over the last 18 months but now is a great time to secure meaningful approvals to enhance and strengthen your centre.
Planning Departments are returning to ‘business as usual’ but we need to be mindful that the planning process can still take longer than we would hope with some limitations still in place affecting the previously accepted decision timescales etc.
A new Class Order has been introduced within the planning system- Class E. This effectively amalgamates shops, cafes, restaurants, offices, light industrial and storage, into one use class and enables some businesses and property owners to switch use without the need for planning approval (on which advice is critical). This is effectively a softening of policy and will allow a lot of businesses to change to meet market conditions and whilst it was primarily aimed at making the high street a more flexible and therefore vibrant place, it certainly has advantages to garden centres too. In August 2021 further Government changes to planning use classes have created potential for residential conversion of certain vacant buildings which could add value to your site.
Pleydell Smithyman have an established pedigree offering specialist, bespoke and expert Planning advice to the industry with an enviable approval success rate in excess of 99%.
Our specialist team led by Kathryn Farden and Paul Pleydell develop an empathetic approach to any proposed development ensuring the best possible proposal is developed to lead to successful development opportunities.
We look forward to seeing you at Glee – so do feel free to call in for a chat - We are on stand 20G46 or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01952 433211