Public House Portfolio
DHA Planning has a long-standing relationship with Greene King Plc, offering a range of planning consultancy services to the country's leading pub retailer and brewer.
Based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Greene King, founded in 1799, runs over 3,100 pubs, restaurants and hotels in towns, villages and city-centre high streets across England, Wales and Scotland. DHA details some of the work we've done with DHA over the past 15 years.
Greene King have been based in the town of Bury St Edmunds ever since the company was founded by Benjamin Greene. It is therefore no surprise that the company owns a great deal of estate within the town, and a number of buildings within their ownership are listed.
Over the years DHA has worked with Greene King on a number of projects involving buildings within their Westgate Brewery complex, many of which are listed. For example, we recently obtained Listed Building Consent for the removal of four unused bays of a 13 bay mansard roof of a three storey 19th century Grade II listed building. Removal of the roof was required to enable an existing and unused brewing vessel from the building to be taken out, which allowed the installments of five new fermentation and conditioning vessels required for craft beer brewing.
DHA have also worked on a project to overhaul the existing signage displayed on and around Greene King’s Visitor Centre and Brewery, which involved extensive negotiations with St. Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Conservation Officer to agree an acceptable schedule of signage.
DHA also assist Greene King where approval from Local Planning Authorities is required to vary existing planning permissions. Last year for example, DHA obtained approval from St. Edmundsbury Borough Council to vary a condition which had been attached to a 1978 planning permission to allow the use of an external storage area for a 5 year period in association with an existing warehouse. The original condition previously restricted the external storage of materials, waste plant or equipment.
DHA has worked on a number of Greene King redevelopment schemes across the country. Whilst the closure of any of Greene King’s establishments is a last resort, where it is no longer financially viable to continue operating one of their properties, we have worked with the company to appraise the suitability of the site for alternative uses. In a number of cases we have successfully obtained planning permission for residential redevelopment schemes.
Tables and Chairs Licences/Permissions
Whilst it may seem a bit overkill to some, if an establishment places tables and chairs on the public highway, an annual Highway Amenity Licence is required and in the majority of cases, planning permission is also required to change the use of the highway to an outside seating area. This is where DHA Planning steps in.
DHA currently manages a portfolio of 55 Greene King public houses across the country, which place tables and chairs outside on the highway. At DHA we understand the importance of pubs being able to offer their customers outside seating, particularly during the warmer months, and therefore we manage the process of obtaining new Licences and planning permission for our client, and then ensure that renewal applications are submitted on time and regularly monitored. We aim to ensure that each public house within our portfolio is never without a tables and chairs Licence.
As part of this service, we also assess the suitability of areas outside premises for new Licences and advise our client accordingly. If an area is deemed to be suitable as an outside seating area, our Urban Design team prepare the necessary plans to support a new Licence application and/or Planning application, and we prepare the required supporting documents and submit the application to the relevant Authority on behalf of our client.
If you would like further advice on any of the services we provide for Greene King, we would be very happy to hear from you. For a no-obligation chat, please get in touch with Laura Jackson.
Laura Jackson, Associate