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Commercial and Industrial

We advise businesses on planning matters, and look for pragmatic solutions to enable them to grow, adapt and prosper to meet their changing economic requirements. We look for bespoke planning solutions to meet the needs of different business sectors. We take a proactive approach in liaising with planning authorities and other stakeholders to promote the business case and seek to ensure that the planning process moves forward as smoothly and expediently as possible. Through the provision of personal and high quality professional advice we aim to increase business confidence and certainty.

Our skills include:

Planning applications

Planning Appeals

Site appraisals/feasibility

Advice on permitted development

Representations on Local Plans

Participation at Local Plan examinations

Preparation of Local Development Orders (LDOs)

Planning Enforcement

Our Projects

London Gateway Commercial and Logistics Park

Delivering growth and employment

Client: London Gateway Development Park Ltd

The London Gateway® Logistics Park Local Development Order (LDO) was made by Thurrock Council and permits the development of 829,700m2 of commercial floor space, including B8 (storage and distribution), B2 (general industry) and B1 (research and development and light industrial), associated infrastructure and other ancillary uses on the former 222ha Shell Haven Oil Refinery. The development will be the largest commercial and logistic centre in Europe and is the most ambitious Local Development Order in the UK prepared to date.

Adams Hendry advised on the consent process and led the London Gateway team in advising Thurrock Council on the development of the compliance documents, which include the London Gateway Logistics Park Design Code, Code of Construction Practice and Ecological Mitigation and Management Plan and also contributed to the Environmental Statement.

NuStar Terminal, Grangemouth

Assisting businesses with consenting matters and procedures

Client: NuStar

Adams Hendry provided planning, EIA and permitted development advice to NuStar in respect of its proposal for additional fuel storage vessels and associated infrastructure in and around their existing fuel storage facility within the Port of Grangemouth.

We obtained confirmation from all relevant authorities that permitted development rights were available and could be relied upon under Class 35, Part 13 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992 (as amended) for the works. This involved applying for and obtaining a Certificate of Lawfulness from Falkirk Council.

Oikos Storage, Essex

Helping to deliver nationally significant infrastructure

Client: Oikos Storage

Adams Hendry has been acting on behalf of Oikos Storage Ltd, the operators of the nationally significant fuel storage terminal located on Canvey Island, since 2008. Over this period we have provided a variety of planning services including strategic planning advice, achieved both planning permission and hazardous substances consents and responded to numerous Local Planning Authority consultations.

Using our thorough understanding of planning legislation, including permitted development rights and the Environmental Impact Assessment process we have assisted the operators in modernising the site’s infrastructure to an exceptionally high standard. The facility is now regarded as one of the safest fuel storage terminals in Europe.

Infrastructure Delivery Planning

Supporting major new development

Client: West Sussex County Council

Adams Hendry have supported West Sussex County Council, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest Councils in the preparation of Infrastructure Delivery Plans, including the co-ordination of consultation with infrastructure providers and assessment of infrastructure requirements both strategically, and on a site-by-site basis.

This included a review of infrastructure requirements for strategic housing allocations and production of site specific infrastructure schedules detailing infrastructure required, funding arrangements, policy objectives and risks associated within delivery. Adams Hendry liaised closely with both strategic and local infrastructure providers covering numerous sectors, including highways, public transport, healthcare, utilities and emergency services.

Best Practice Research - Enterprise M3 LEP

Best Practice recommendations to stimulate economic growth

Client: Enterprise M3 Local Economic Partnership

Adams Hendry was appointed by the Enterprise M3 Local Economic Partnership to carry out best practice research in order to inform future planning services and business approaches to planning.

Carrying out extensive desk based research, alongside consultation with business representatives and with local planning authorities and consultants, we identified examples of best practice both within the EM3 area and nationally. Adams Hendry prepared a report building on the LEP’s draft Planning and Development Charter, advising on a set of guidelines and recommendations that could be taken forward by the LEP, to help LPAs deliver Charter commitments, and to help business ensure that the planning process moves forward smoothly and expediently when planning applications are submitted.


Emma Barnett or Jane Parker  01962 877414 | e.barnett@adamshendry.co.uk or j.parker@adamshendry.co.uk