South Gloucestershire Council: Matt Annen is pleased to share the news that he has recently secured planning permission for the erection of a new CO-OP convenience store with 9 flats above, retention of an existing public house, with associated access and parking in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.

The scheme followed a previously approved scheme for a CO-OP with 5 flats above which Pure Town Planning also secured (see link to that scheme below) for the previous owners.

The new owners felt that with the consent in their pocket for 5 flats above the convenience store they wanted to try and push the boundaries and try and achieve another floor with 4 additional flats. This revised scheme was a long drawn out process which interestingly despite the fallback position the Council’s urban designer insisted on a completely fresh approach to the design and form of the building. In addition on this revised application, the other departments within Council took a far more onerous and stringent approach this time around, particularly in respect of drainage and landscaping, but this was also because we wanted to avoid further delays with pre-commencement conditions, so we offered to provide full details including materials etc during the planning process.

If you have a commercial premises or vacant/underused brownfield site, or perhaps have already received a consent and are wondering whether it can be improved upon, then why not contact Pure Town Planning to find out if we can help you too.