If it's not one thing it's another - new shop

Essexgary

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So after a few hiccups and back n fourth with the agent we agreed a monthly fee on a new shop and then found out that we might need to change from A1 to Sui Generasis..... Wish I never opened my mouth.

Just got off the phone with the planning officer for our town and still none the wiser. She was up front and said she didn’t know and would find out and come back to us as she knew that in some places a Beauty Salon did not fit into either A1, A2 or A3 usage. Said no Aesthetics were being performed. but we still need to wait to hear back hopefully later today or tomorrow (am hoping today).

If we did need to change we could go for Pre-Planning Advice to see if it would be looked on favourably or not, but would still need to go to Planning for usage change and to see if the location would suit a Beauty Salon.

Talk about hoops jumping. Its next door to a restaurant and charity shop and a dog groomer is down the road a hundred yards and opposite is the job centre and a Wetherspoons and a town hall.

So the question is...... If I need to change to this Sui Generasis how long does that take and how does it cost......

Thank you all in advance
 

Essexgary

Member
So the long shot is I have to apply for full planning permission at a cost of £462 with no guarantee of it being approved. I can submit a pre-Application Advice to see if this will be looked on favourably or not and that would cost £150. I think this will be what we do before applying in full. Would rather loose £150 than £462. The only problem is it take 28 days from receipt for the pre-Application Advice to be returned. Then would need to do the full planning with a 6 to 8 week wait for approval.....

The other biggie is do we wait to instruct our solicitor until a full planning approval has been put in place so we not throwing good money after bad or do we run them at same time with a proviso that if planning fails we won’t be having the shop.

And this is if the landlord is happy to wait that bit longer for us to take over the lease. Fingers crossed he is
 

Essexgary

Member
Has anyone here changed their usage from A1 to Sui Generis with their planning authority?
 
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