Consent for change of use of industrial unit to retail in out of centre location
Delivering planning permission for the change of use of a vacant industrial unit to provide 5,000 sq m of retail floorspace.
This vacant industrial unit at Junction 9 of the M6 was perfect for Decathlon's unique offer – dual sports retail and bulky goods. However, the unit was part of a long standing industrial development, in an area with a limited employment land offer. Purchase of the site was dependant on delivery of the appropriate planning permission.
Negotiations with the local authority enabled the re-use of employment land for retail purposes and evidence submitted demonstrated that the employment use of the site was no longer commercially attractive and that retail would be an appropriate alternative use.
The site is out of centre, and evidence focused on a bespoke planning argument centred on the enhancement of consumer choice and the distinctive offer. The unit has been vacant for several years, so the permission delivered significant environmental and physical uplift to the retail park, as well as significant financial gain to the land owner through capital receipt and removal of s106 obligation.