Will development impact your site and disrupt manufacturing?

Will your site and its operation be impacted by proposed new development adjacent to it? Or will your operations be constrained by the requirements of proposed land uses to the detriment of your business?

Will you as a business be asked to make changes to operational processes to accommodate these new developments? Do you know what is proposed on land adjacent to your site, how it may affect your operations or how to use the town planning system to defend against impact?

In July 2018, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published the latest version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which sets national policy on land use planning – including the relationship between existing and new land uses.

The document re-iterates the requirement for developers delivering new schemes to mitigate impact on adjacent uses – not the other way around. Paragraph 182 of the NPPF states:

“182: Planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing businesses and community facilities (such as places of worship, pubs, music venues and sports clubs). Existing businesses and facilities should not have unreasonable restrictions placed on them as a result of development permitted after they were established. Where the operation of an existing business or community facility could have a significant adverse effect on new development (including changes of use) in its vicinity, the applicant (or agent of change’) should be required to provide suitable mitigation before the development has been completed.”

Manufacturing sites should consider a strategy to defend against the impact of new development on the business operations, for example, by:

· Monitoring development plan progress and emerging land use allocations adjacent to operational sites and seeking advice on the potential business risk;

· Preparing representations to local planning authorities on emerging land allocations seeking to defend operational processes and ensuring new development is appropriately located considering existing infrastructure capacity; and

· Submitting representations on planning applications to ensure that operational impact is minimised, and new development designed to include mitigation measures addressing, where appropriate, the impact of your operations on the new development.

The UK needs 300,000 new houses per annum to be built to meet the shortfall in the residential market, and increasingly developers are seeking to develop sites which are adjacent to industrial operations. All companies in the food and drinks sector should proactively review their sites and identify the potential risks from adjacent developments, and also consider how to best utilise the town planning system to improve on-site operation and capital value.

If you require further information or wish to discuss a particular site / matter, please contact Rob Crolla at SLR Consulting:


0113 258 0650