ALWAYS SEEK YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY’S PLANNING DEPARTMENTS APPROVAL AND GET HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY APPROVAL BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO ANYTHING.
If you run foul of your Local Authority Planning Department you can look forward to an expensive nightmare. In addition, the Local Highways can also object to any development or change of use based on the potential impact to other traffic users even if tacit approval is achieved from the planners!
- Location – Preferably within easy reach of residential areas and or industrial areas.
- The Land – should be flat, Vehicle acceptably hard, with dry surface, clean, tidy, visually acceptable to general public & reassuringly secure.
- Not isolated, and should provide good vehicular access from Main Highways.
- Will it get planning permission (B8 storage and distribution & B1 business) & ensure Highways Authority will not object to its vehicular access
- It must be well drained all year
- It should preferably have services; power, water, drainage (foul & surface), telephone & broadband
- Evaluate the potential customer catchment area around your potential site, does it lend itself to mostly domestic storage (I.E. Loads of residential) or more to small commercial. Based on your potential business expectations, the overheads and the quantity of containers you can fit onto the land, will it be economically viable? (See rough guide below)
- Check surrounding area 5miles circumference… there may be competition, but is it is there too much competition?
Draw out a layout plan of site and containers to submit to authorities and to calculate the number of containers and sizes best suited for site and potential customers (don’t forget on site vehicle access, parking etc.)