Planning Insight was contacted shortly after the Wild Card Brewery had received communications from the London Borough of Waltham Forest Planning Department. The client, a successful local brewery, used the premises as a barrel packaging store and a bar.
The bar’s use was originally ancillary. Owing to the exceptional locally brewed beers, the bar element of the site developed along with evening activities into a standalone use. The planning authority took the view that the retrospective planning permission was required to accommodate the dual use.
Planning Insight were appointed to prepare and submit the planning application. We also prepared the drawings in-house to effectively show the existing and the proposed change of use.
Our strategy involved close analysis of the neighbouring uses, to justify the proposal as acceptable in principle. Given the site was located on an established employment site, the proposed increase in intensity of the bar had to be firmly justified. We utilised a planning argument that successfully demonstrated that the site development still accorded with the overarching aims of retaining employment uses across the wider industrial estate.
The Local Authority granted change of use to accommodate the dual use, resulting in the bar and activities being regularised.
This is an example of how the co-location of different uses within in an industrial location can be successful, and the use of the planning system to successfully mitigate against concerns of the Local Authority.
- An understanding of the policy and contemporary issues around co-location of industrial issues.
- Preparation and submission of the full planning application including drawings, Planning Statement and Forms.
- Diligent negotiation with the Local Authority on conditions involving the use of specialist consultants.
- Employing the use of innovative evidence and an understanding of the Licensing regime.