We advise clients nationally on the planning and development of new retail, leisure and mixed-use real estate in town-centre, edge-of-town and out-of-centre locations across the UK.
Our public and private sector clients and key stakeholders benefit from the partnership approach we take to unlocking the investment and regeneration potential of the UK’s cities, towns, smaller centres and complex sites; creating locations that are high quality, attractive, sustainable and viable.
Operating from hub offices in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds and Harrogate, and accessing our wider network of 30 offices across the UK, we apply expert knowledge of local planning, development and the property market to our work.
Our deep understanding of the dynamic retail and leisure sectors, and the key drivers of sustainable and commercially viable town centres, investment and mixed-use development, enables us to provide the very best advice to clients.
Together, our team of planning, urban regenaration, development, property market and technical specialists have a strong track record of providing added value to public and private sector clients on projects, from inception to implementation. Our overriding objective is to help our clients increase the attraction and value of their sites and assets, and to make the right development happen in the right location at the right time.;
At the regional, sub-regional and local level, we have experience of preparing robust evidence-based retail, leisure and town centre visions and spatial strategies for public sector clients. This helps to inform and guide both their plan making and development management decisions. Our work includes the preparation of local/neighbourhood plans, Area Action Plans (AAPs) and Masterplans.
We advise private sector clients – including developers, investors, landowners and operators – on planning issues and promoting applications throughout the UK. This work ranges from securing permission for large and complex mixed-use schemes to applying for change of use and variation of conditions, with the aim of increasing the value and viability of existing assets.
With Carter Jonas, clients have access to a wide range of skills and expertise:
- Catchment and customer profiling
- Retail expenditure and population forecasts
- Town centre health checks and ‘gap’ assessments
- Retail, leisure and town centre capacity assessments
- Sales forecasting and impact assessments
- Sequential site appraisals
- Property market reviews
- Market demand and developer testing
- Household telephone and in-centre surveys
- Business/online/pedestrian footfall surveys
- Marketing and branding
Key members of our team also have a strong track record of successfully representing local planning authorities, developers and corporate clients at Local Plan, Planning Appeal, High Court and CPO Inquiries.
We are involved at high-level national policy debates, having advised the Government on the revisions and updates to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG). We are active members of Revo (formerly the British Council of Shopping Centres), the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM), RTPI and RICS, advising and presenting on all aspects of retail and town centre planning.