The assessment of retail capacity and impact is an essential technical input to our retail planning work.
We are known for our expertise in retail development. We advise some of the UK’s largest retailers and property companies. We work throughout the UK on all types of proposals including food stores, retail parks, town centre redevelopment and leisure / mixed use schemes.
Our specialists prepare reliable retail capacity studies to inform development plan preparation and to assist in the preparation and determination of planning applications.
We assess the likely effects of proposals upon existing retail provision in accordance with national and local policy.
In line with national policy of ‘town centres first’ our work extends to the preparation of sequential site health assessments and centre health checks.
Our approach is transparent, commercially aware and importantly can withstand scrutiny to achieve results.
At Westgate, Oxford we have undertaken a detailed assessment considering the city centre’s position within the regional hierarchy, current shopping patterns, comparisons with similar city centres and the likely trading effects of the proposals all in order to support over 105,000 sq m of additional retail space.