Next, Handforth Dean

Next is one of the UK’s largest clothing and furniture/home retailers, and from its Leicestershire headquarters operates over 500 UK stores as well as an expanding Next Directory catalogue and on-line business.

The challenge

Next had an important requirement for a high-profile new fashion and home store to serve the South Manchester and Cheshire markets. A prominent and accessible site at Handforth Dean, adjacent to the existing Tesco and Marks & Spencer development and alongside the A34 had been identified.

The site, which was owned by the Council, had a history of planning application refusals, and although large scale new stores had been built at Handforth Dean in the past, the planning authority had not envisaged further new large scale retail development in the area.

The solution

Next instructed a planning project team, led by Ruth Child, to secure consent for the proposed 75,000 sq. ft. fashion and home store.

Initially, the scheme encountered significant resistance and some strong objections, as the Council was concerned about the implications of the scheme for existing retailing (and other proposed developments) in nearby centres. However, careful negotiation, and the production of robust and thoroughly-researched evidence, enabled us to secure an important and valuable planning permission without the need for appeal.

The outcome

The store has now been completed and commenced trading in November 2016.

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

To find out more about Q+A Planning services contact Ruth Child on 07921457649 or at [email protected]