Change of Use to Auction House


The existing building formed part of the typical industrial style Business Park in a wider industrial/ commercial area.

Our clients sought to create an Auction house within the unit to sell unwanted items (for example house clearances from deceased estates, bankrupt business stock etc).

For most of the week, the unit wasn’t expected to operate much differently than the existing use, with minimal vehicle movement and the stock being brought in and stored by the business themselves.

From late on in the week thought the operation changed, with people starting to bring items to the unit with the auction operating all day as a traditional auction house, with numerous customers visiting throughout the day (potentially for 12 hours) with the Sunday reserved for the collection of items purchased by customers not present on the day.

While there were no nearby residential properties to be affected by the noise or comings and goings there were significant concerns about the use of the property, conflict with existing uses and parking, particularly as the unit itself only had a small number of spaces within its demise.

Plande successfully negotiated the various objections, from neighbours, residents, businesses, statutory consultees and the concerns of the planning department to allow permission to be granted.