Co-Operative Convenience Stores

NewRiver REIT Plc is a leading property investor, asset manager and developer, specialising in the UK retail sector. The company is one of the UK’s largest owners and managers of shopping centres.

The challenge

Our client had acquired a portfolio of public houses from Marstons, and had investigated development potential at a range of locations. Q+A Planning were instructed by NewRiver to secure planning permission for new convenience store developments on a range of the newly acquired sites. The stores are to be operated as local community food stores by The Co-Operative.

Where possible the existing public house has been retained and new store development is provided alongside. In some cases, where it was clear that the pub did not have a viable future, conversion or redevelopment of the site was the only option.

The applications raised a variety of complex issues, and have often proved contentious with significant numbers of objections being lodged. These objections covered issues ranging from retail impact to effects of the schemes on residential amenity, or heritage assets.

The solution

Working with NewRiver, Q+A Planning backed up careful management of the planning application process with thorough and detailed evidence to support each case, and patient and constructive negotiation with local planning authorities and other interest groups.

The economic benefits of the proposals had to be carefully considered and explained, alongside issues such as the impact on amenity, conservation, listed buildings and ecology.

The outcome

Despite the significant challenges, the collaborative approach between NewRiver, Q+A Planning and our partners in the team at Peter Brett Associates has had significant success. To date we have secured over 30 planning consents on sites throughout England. In some cases appeals have been unavoidable, but the team has secured a success rate of over 90 per cent.

Our team commenced work on this project whilst at Peter Brett Associates LLP.

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