Town and Country Planning Use Classes Amendments

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Head of Planning at Colliers International, Anthony Aitken was interviewed on the James Max show on Talk Radio this morning discussing the effect that the Town and Country Planning’s use classes amendments will have on the high street as the come into effect today (Tuesday 1 September).


Aitken commented: “The new regulations, which were introduced in the UK Government’s White Paper for planning reform on 20 July, are the largest overhaul of the use classes system for a generation. The guidelines make significant changes to the 1987 Use Classes Order with the Government’s aim to reduce planning ‘red tape’ and give businesses greater flexibility. The radical overhaul of the system will help to support the revival of the high street revival and will enable greater flexibility to change uses of buildings within town centres, without the need for express planning permission.

“This is clearly a stimulus to economic recovery post COVID-19 and local authorities are powerless to revoke or stop these changes from being made. The key future consideration is that there needs to be a general limited planning control boost otherwise the high street with be decimated even further.

“We would welcome the reduction of costs, time and effort to the change of use being enforced for the benefit of all businesses concerned. However, with no planning controls and solely market forces determining high streets, will this new legislation provide high streets with greater footfall, respect an area’s local character, increase the variety of tenants, add to economic prosperity and provide welcoming and prosperous places? This all remains to be seen.”


Click on 05:30-06:00 and listen from 19.36 minutes in.

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Anthony Aitken

Head of Planning


Anthony has provided planning consultancy advice for clients since 1994 and has obtained significant planning experience which has involved a wide variety of projects throughout the United Kingdom. Planning advice which has achieved clients objectives has been provided to private landowners, institutional investors, commercial developers, house builders, local authorities and government bodies for mixed use proposals and/or separate retail, industrial, business, leisure and residential uses. Anthony has a high success rate in securing a beneficial planning outcome for clients. 

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Hannah Zitren

PR Manager

London - West End

Currently on maternity leave.

As PR manger in the UK, I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines (residential; licensed and leisure; planning; hotels; retail; healthcare and automotive) advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

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