Martin Clark of property consultants Stiles Harold Williams is urging the local authority to introduce more flexibility into the planning system when it considers applications for (B8) warehouse use.
Citing the success of developers Ravensbourne in their battle with Barking & Dagenham Council to obtain planning consent for four 100% B8 use buildings on the remaining 7 ha of Thames Gateway Park he suggests that Brighton & Hove should adopt the same flexibility.
Councils generally resist warehouse use for new developments on the grounds that they do not provide as many jobs per metre as manufacturing. But the planning inspector at the appeal said it would be “unreasonable” to conclude that the proposed use would result in an unacceptably low employment density on this part of the site.
There is considerable demand for warehouse and distribution facilities in the south east and recent government figures would appear to support the supposition of professionals like Martin Clark that there is very little difference in occupancy densities between manufacturing and warehousing.
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