Planning applications waived for “click and collect” facilities
New government plans should enable the UK’s retailers to adapt to meet the needs of today’s consumer, High Streets minister, Penny Mordaunt, has announced.
Under measures set out today, shops will be able to build new “click and collect” facilities, such as covered collection points or lockers, without making a planning application.
The proposals will also enable retailers to install loading bay doors and ramps without first seeking planning consent, although there will still be key safeguards in place.
For example, the new permitted development right excludes listed buildings and any new “click and collect” facility can only be within the boundaries of existing premises, such as a car park.
The UK is apparently the biggest user of “click and collect” with 35% of online shoppers using this service and with that figure set to double within the next three years.