Commercial Planning

Our town centres and high streets are facing increasing pressures to remain relevant; to be successful they need to adapt and be more than just places to shop. Our strategic planning advice and commercial approach to planning secures viable, deliverable mixed use centres where people want to live, work and play.

Our highly motivated, commercially focused, national team recognise that obtaining planning permission is only part of the corporate development cycle but it is an important part that can significantly impact business efficiency and growth. 

We have a strong track record of success and are trusted advisers to an enviable range of investors, developers, landowners, occupiers, public sector bodies and local authorities.

Working closely with our Corporate Occupier and Investment, Residential, Neighbourly Matters, Masterplanners and Local Authority Advisory teams we have a solid understanding of the unique challenges and requirements that need to be met in order to formulate and deliver on successful commercial plans.

We recognise that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to planning and with the experience of acting on a vast array of projects across a range of asset classes we assist our clients make those difficult decisions. 

Our wide-ranging experience includes:

  • Providing strategic advice on the promotion of sites for commercial uses through the planning system
  • Securing planning permissions for large and small commercial and mixed use schemes
  • Acting on several of the UK’s key regeneration projects, securing permissions within the UK’s city centres and a variety of other locations
  • Acting for several leading retailers/superstores (such as Tesco), retail parks and shopping centres
  • Advising major funds, landowners and investors in a variety of sectors on ways to enhance and protect their property portfolios

We are thought leaders in commercial planning and aligned with our active involvement in  Revo, Accessible Retail, London First, NLA and the British Property Federation, can bring our in-depth knowledge and insight to our advice

In recent years, our team has driven the business’ primary research into the UK’s planning system which has become widely recognised within the planning industry. A copy of the latest report can be found here.

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We have worked with GL Hearn’s planning team since our inception and have been delighted with their commercial approach and insightful understanding of the retail planning market.
Nick Sewell

NewRiver REIT