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Local Knowledge is Key to Planning Success

Local Knowledge is Key to Planning Success

Roche involvement in a successful planning appeal has achieved development of a 35,000 sq ft retail store at Denmark ...

September 2014

Local Knowledge is Key to Planning Success

Roche Chartered Surveyors acting with Savills (Manchester) were recently instrumental in achieving a successful planning appeal for the development of a 35,000 sq ft retail store at Denmark Road, Lowestoft.

The initial application was refused and the matter was settled at an informal hearing, as part of the planning appeal process. Roche were instructed to provide advice on industrial and office supply within Lowestoft and the sub-region, demand, rents and in-depth development appraisals. At the Appeal, the inspectorate concluded that the weight of evidence provided by the Local Authority was insufficient and accordingly planning consent was granted for a new retail development.

The consultancy role, provided by Roche, ensured that the planning appeal was successful as there was a strong understanding of the commercial property market which were instrumental in justify the arguments for the appeal.

Sam Kingston of Roche, who acted in the planning appeal, commented "Local knowledge is key to understanding the property market, whether it be in planning, agency or valuation. We are regularly asked to provide advice to assist in planning appeals as our knowledge is recognised as a fundamental part in winning the appeals process".

September 2014

Norwich, 37/37A St Andrews Street

Norwich, 37/37A St Andrews Street

Roche Retail have sold the freehold interest in this Grade II listed building ...... 

September 2014

Norwich, 37/37A St Andrews Street

Roche Retail, acting on behalf of a private investor, have sold the freehold interest in this Grade II listed building to a local architect. The new owner is planning to occupy the first and second floors, whilst retaining the income of £16,500 pax produced from two retail tenants at ground floor level.

The property was sold for a sum of £325,000 and reflects the strong interest from investors in Norwich that continues to enforce its regional dominance as a retail, commercial and cultural city. Roche were also involved in the sale of the adjacent St Andrew's House that comprises over 23,750 sq ft of offices let to the City College Norwich. This was purchased by the Norwich University of the Arts reflecting their continued expansion and growth in the area.

 

September 2014

Norwich city centre is set to get a major makeover

Norwich city centre is set to get a major makeover

The mix of shops, restaurants, homes and cafés which Norwich needs to continue to be a thriving and attractive ...

August 2014

Norwich city centre is set to get a major makeover

The mix of shops, restaurants, homes and cafés which Norwich needs to continue to be a thriving and attractive place to visit and buy goods has been set out by Norwich City Council.  Businesses are being urged to provide feedback about its new guidance for planners, which for the first time sets out its vision for the number of shops on its high streets, as well as other businesses such as banks, building societies, restaurants and cafés.

The blueprint could see the green light given to plans for flats above shops in places such as The Lanes and Magdalen Street, and will also urge planners to discourage high concentrations or continuous run of betting shops and amusement centres.

Adrian Fennell, partner at chartered surveyors Roche, welcomed the initiative which he said showed the council was taking a "pro-active stance" in ensuring Norwich continues to remain a vibrant city centre that is evolving with the shift in consumer shopping and leisure habits.

"The specific focus on retail areas will ensure that the plan remains relevant and can be individually adapted in the future," he said.

But he warned that the council would need to carefully consider the implications of rules which mean it is currently possible to convert a restaurant into a betting shop without control.

"Furthermore, certain non-retail uses will still need to be very carefully controlled, such as late night bars as this could detract from residential occupation within the city centre that is also an essential element for encouraging and retaining vibrancy," he warned.

"I would also like to see all the landlord's views being canvassed as they play an essential part to the plan, particularly as their consent will be required before any tenant can apply for a change of use," he added.

The new plan will be more flexible than previous, less wide-reaching plans, and will have less legal constraints.

For more information please click on the following link:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/graphic_how_norwich_city_centre_is_set_to_get_a_major_makeover_1_3724183

Annabelle Dickson,

Political Editor, Archant Anglia  

August 2014

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Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses

Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses

Jackie Crisp has achieved the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence .....

March 2014

Surveyors acting as Expert Witnesses

Jackie Crisp has achieved the Advanced Professional Award in Expert Witness Evidence, a Masters level qualification held by no more than 150 surveyors throughout the UK and which is now the only standard recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, of which she is a Fellow.

Surveyors acting in a capacity as an Expert Witness can provide evidence in lease renewal, rent review, valuation, dilapidations or other disputes. Where the surveyor is acting in such capacity the RICS Practice Statement and Guidance Note, Surveyors Acting as Expert Witnesses, clearly states the duty of the surveyor is to the judicial body presiding; the court, arbitrator or tribunal and NOT to their client. This may come as a surprise to some clients, especially when the client realises the surveyor is required to include all facts which may or may not harm their client's case.

The surveyor is required to give truthful, impartial and independent opinions to enable the judicial body to make an informed decision.

At the inception of the instructions the surveyor must ask himself if he has the knowledge, experience, qualification and training relevant to the case in question. He must also ask himself if there are any conflicts of interest, actual or perceived, which may arise out of the instruction given. If there is any cause for concern on this matter the instruction must be declined.

These are important parameters which need to be adhered to rigidly because if they are not, the weight given to the surveyors evidence is lessened or compromised.

March 2014

Roche appointed by Greene King for pub disposals

Roche appointed by Greene King for pub disposals

Greene King - one of the UKs leading pub and brewing companies has instructed Roche to act on their behalf  .....

January 2014

Roche appointed by Greene King for pub disposals

Greene King - one of the UKs leading pub and brewing companies has instructed Roche to act on their behalf in the disposal of some of their public houses in the East Anglia region. The first pub was The Beehive on Cannerby Lane in Norwich, which after only a short marketing period has now been sold to the East of England Co-op for conversion to a community food store. The latest instruction is to sell the freehold of The Little Rose public house in the popular village of Haslingfield, some 6 miles south-west of Cambridge.

Graham Jones of Roche commented that he is delighted to be able to cement Roche's relationship with Greene King, which is not only a leading regional business but also one of the most successful pub companies in the UK with a growing estate of circa 2,300 public houses. Inevitably there are some public houses within their estate which are no longer viable and by selling them not only can Greene King re-invest the money into their continued expansion but also the properties will provide opportunities to owner occupiers to acquire their own freehold premises or indeed to developers to regenerate the sites.

The appointment by Greene King marks Roche's growing presence in the regional leisure sector with other clients including Enterprise Inns, Punch Taverns, Admiral Taverns and a number of independent local and regional pub and restaurant businesses.

January 2014

Freehold Pub Sales Continue in Norfolk

Freehold Pub Sales Continue in Norfolk

"The appetite for freehold commercial property continues to grow ........"

November 2013

Freehold Pub Sales Continue in Norfolk

"The appetite for freehold commercial property continues to grow, no more so than for well-located and sensibly priced public houses", comments Graham Jones of Roche Chartered Surveyors that have just completed another successful period of pub disposals this year.

Roche have just concluded the sale of 4 public houses on behalf of long term client Enterprise Inns. These were The Fox & Hounds, The Street, Lyng which was acquired by a local investor to be re-opened as a pub, The Jolly Sailors, Pakefield Street, Lowestoft which is to be converted into a fish restaurant, The Rampant Horse, Lynn Road, Gayton which has been sold for residential development and The Falcon on Cromer Road, one of Norwich's principal arterial roads, which is likely to be converted to retail use.

The pubs offered different opportunities and ranged in size from 2,852 to 5,287 sq ft on plots from 0.41 acres to 0.77 acres.

All 4 pubs were subject to strong interest with 2 of them going to best bids and one to auction. Graham Jones adds: "each pub is unique and can require a slightly different marketing approach, tailored to the likely end-use and the market for the property in its particular location. The volume of freehold pubs coming to the market is beginning to slow and we are seeing very strong demand as potential purchasers realise that the available stock is drying up."

Roche have now acted for Enterprise Inns plc for 6 years and continue to be involved in the sale and letting of pub sites for a range of clients throughout the East Anglia region.

For further information contact graham.jones@rochesurveyors.co.uk

 

November 2013

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