Petersham Group is often retained by specialist planning consultants, or by developers and/or operators direct, to prepare an independent business case to support contentious or difficult planning applications. The provision of such independent but informed evidence within a planning application can significantly strengthen an application’s chances of success.
In this case the 80-room Manor of Groves Hotel, Golf & Country Club wanted to add an additional 63-bedrooms to support it its extensive banqueting, wedding, function and leisure business, but being situated in the green belt had been unsuccessful in a initial attempt and planning permission had been refused.
A revised application was proposed adopting a smaller extension – of 42-bedrooms and Petersham Group was retained to prepare a Business Case demonstrating the economic and business need to add the extra bedrooms.
The business case was duly compiled and the application re-submitted and was successful, due in no small part to the Business Case made for the extension.
This is not untypical of assistance that Petersham Group is asked to provide to assist businesses in the submission of planning applications in difficult situations. In another example we were retained to prepare a Business Case for a new Farm Shop, to be developed on coastal farmland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon. That application was successful, having gone to appeal, assisted in large part by the Business Case.
- Date September 4, 2013
- Tags Business Planning & Financial Modeling, Other