Deb Molony heads up The Licensing Guys planning team
The Licensing Guys provide Planning Advice, and Application and Representation Services. Whatever form of licensing your business requires, The Licensing Guys are the ‘turnkey solution provider’ for your Planning requirements. We will take all the hassle out of the paperwork and also ensure you are updated on the necessary requirements at the same time. With an enviable record of success in all forms of applications and Planning Committee hearings, The Licensing Guys should be your first choice every time. Call or email us today to discuss your needs.
OVERVIEW In the UK, the licensing and planning systems operate independently, involving consideration of different, albeit related, matters.
Planning is the regime that is directed at development of land and the use of premises upon it.
Licensing, on the other hand, is the regime that is directed at licensable activities and responsible management of licensed premises upon that land.
However, several applicants come to us EVERY WEEK with Planning issues that impact upon their Licensing aspirations. The most common of these is that their current Planning Permission does not let them operate their business in the way that they want to branch into.
TYPES of PLANNING PERMISSION: The most common types of Planning permission we encounter at the Licensing Guys are:
A3: Restaurants and Cafes
A4: Drinking Establishments
For example: Customers come to us wanting to convert a Shop into a Takeaway or a Restaurant into a Bar, for example. Sometimes our customers find that their Planning Permission only allows them to stay open until 22:00hrs at night, yet they now want to provide a 24hrs Convenience with Off-Licence facility. In these circumstances, the customer will need to apply for a change of use or a change in condition(s) regarding their Planning Permission.
ADVICE Here at The Licensing Guys, we have teamed up with partners who know all about Planning Permissions and how to change them. So far, we have successfully obtained Planning Permissions for:
Restaurants & Bars
Car Washes and Car Valeters
So, if you want advice, simply call us. Planning & Licensing issues are far too important to rely on what somebody told you down the Pub. The web is full of conflicting advice too. Just call us – our advice is always free! We will provide an obligation-free quotation on what it will cost you to alter your Planning Permission/Permitted Uses.
REPRESENTATION The overwhelming majority of our Planning applications are processed without the need for any form of Planning Hearing. This is because we know, from our vast and current knowledge, what steps need to be taken for your application to be granted with the minimum of obstacle and delay. In the event that parties (sometimes your neighbours or neighbouring businesses) do object to your application, then we will represent you at any Planning Hearing for an additional fee at a fraction of the price of a solicitor. That said, these Hearings are very rare and we are invariably successful at them. If you instruct us to act on your behalf, we will contact the Planning Authority and other parties in order to negotiate your position. We will also prepare and submit your plans and application, and will represent you at the forthcoming Planning Hearing if required. We will ALWAYS give you an honest appraisal of your prospects, and act in your best interests to grow your business and keep you “keep you trading, safe and legal”.