Planning for retail development has become increasingly complicated in recent years, but our dedicated team can help you navigate ‘town centre first’ planning policy.
Whether you require advice on securing permission for an out-of-town retail park, a strategy for taking forward a major town centre scheme or a planning application for a new foodstore, our team can assist.
We also have a strong and proven track record in promoting commercial leisure and food and drink uses, including cinemas, health clubs/gyms and pubs, restaurants and hot food takeaways.
Alongside our work for private sector clients, we also undertake local authority retail studies in both England and Wales, as well as providing advice on town centre strategy and critiquing planning applications for retail development
How you benefit
Working closely with our clients, we provide a bespoke town planning service, brokering relationships and blending our knowledge of planning.
We work closely with CBRE's dedicated Retail team, which offers services including agency, asset management, lease consultancy and valuation.
We also work with CBRE's Specialist Markets team, which provides trading-related valuations and investment advice on pubs and urban leisure, as well as a variety of other alternative assets.
In this note, we set out the key issues which Brexit is already raising for retailers. Migration controls and currency movements may mean workers are less ready to work in the UK retail industry, which may increase time and cost. Currency devaluation will also generate more general cost inflation, though not everyone is a loser from these effects, and cost increases may spur yet more innovation in an already dynamic sector. The good news is that this year isn’t all about Brexit. The bad news is there are other more pressing concerns in 2017, with the rating revaluation and apprenticeship levy among the factors which retailers will have to grapple with. As always in retail, the winners will be the most agile and forward-thinking.