Retail Planning

Retail planning is frequently a highly contentious area of planning. This concern has been heightened in recent years as a result of the recent recession adversely affecting traditional town centres.

HPL have advised a wide range of planning authorities, developers, retailers and landowners on planning issues for all key retail sectors including: supermarkets and superstores; discount foodstores and freezer centres; local shopping development; retail warehouses and retail warehouse parks; town centre and city centre developments.

Keith Hargest was author of the research into "Town Centre and Retailing Methodologies" published by the Scottish Government in 2007.

Services provided by the company include:

  • Retail impact assessment
  • Retail capacity and retail deficiencies assessments
  • Strategic retail modelling and studies
  • Development viability advice
  • Application of the sequential approach
  • Analysis of retail trends and markets


Lidl UK GmbHPlanning advice for new stores and related planning issues for Scotland
Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Retail StudyLong term strategic retail study for retail provision for the north east of Scotland.
Asda Stores LtdNew superstore in Dundee including support to Asda during legal challenge defending Dundee CC approval of planning at Supreme Court.
CWP CallanderPlanning application for new foodstore for CWP Ltd in Callander.

MotherwellPlanning application for new Class 3 unit adjacent to Lidl.
FarmfoodsPlanning statements for planning applications for new Farmfoods stores in Scotland and north England
HammersonPlanning applications for Central Fife Retail Park, Kirkcaldy.