Cornwall Council: Matt Annen, a director of the firm is pleased to share the news that he has recently secured planning permission for alterations and a change of use of an existing B8 scaffolding storage building, located on the edge of an Industrial Estate in Camelford in Cornwall to an A1 retail convenience store (a Co-Op), with associated enabling works, access and parking.

As part of the application, we prepared a comprehensive supporting design, access and planning statement which set out the merits of the proposal in a clear and concise manner, whilst making it clear that the proposals were in accordance with adopted planning policies that maintain the retail hierarchy by supporting centres to provide for the needs of their community. We argued that proposed convenience store provided a sustainable re-use of an existing building, within an accessible town location and provided increased employment.

Upon considering the application and supporting documents, Officers agreed with our conclusions and moved to recommend the scheme for approval. However because of a sustained objection from the Town Council on highway grounds (despite the highways officer urging the Town Council not to oppose on highway grounds, stating “It is my considered opinion that any reason for refusal on highway safety grounds, is unlikely to be sustained at appeal”) the application had to be determined by planning committee.

Those that follow the Pure Town Planning Facebook page will have seen that on Monday this week, Matt made the 300 mile round trip from Poole to Cornwall (6 hours in the car there and back) to make his 3 minute deputation! Thankfully the trip was worthwhile and the members of the committee saw what a great opportunity this was to provide a high quality retail store which will provide a significant community benefit to Camelford which has grown considerably over the years and voted unanimously to grant planning permission.

The convenience store will be occupied by the Co-operative and the new store will have an emphasis on fresh food and it will stock a wide range of fruit and veg, award winning fresh food and British meat and poultry. The development will create additional permanent jobs which will provide a significant boost to the local economy.

If you have a commercial premises or vacant/underused brownfield site and would like to pursue a change of use application, or any other commercially-related planning application for that matter such as; increasing opening hours, new shopfronts, new signage, canopies etc. then why not call Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524 or email for a FREE 30 minute consultation on how we can help you.