Retail Planning

RPS has a long established track record of successfully supporting clients in the retail sector. We deliver retail impact studies, town centre audits/health checks, sequential assessments, planning applications and variations to conditions to many of the UK’s leading retailers and landlords; providing support to help them manage their retail property portfolios.

We provide bespoke supporting assessments and advice to multidisciplinary teams and manage retail planning projects of any scale or complexity. Our advice is pragmatic and commercial with the objective of ensuring that the planning process adds value to our client’s retail interests.

Key Contacts

Mark Buxton

Mark Buxton   |   Director   |   Send Email

Mark leads the retail team in London and has over 20 years’ experience of working in retail planning for developers, landowners and multiple retailers in both the food and non-food sectors. He has experience of working on projects nationwide, including central London, and has given evidence on retail proposals at planning inquiries/hearings on a number of occasions.

Ross Bowen

Ross Bowen   |   Director   |   Send Email

Ross has considerable retail experience including undertaking assessments of need, the sequential test and retail impact and delivers expert witness evidence at Inquiries. He acts for a range of clients including food and non-food retailers and developers, as well as provision of independent advice to LPAs. He also manages major mixed-use applications, many involving EIAs.

Matthew Roe

Matthew Roe   |   Planning Director   |   Send Email

Matt has extensive experience in the public and private sector working on high profile projects across the country, but predominantly in the South East and London. He advises a wide variety of retail clients in the private sector planning consultancy role including Tesco Stores Limited (over 800 sites for Tesco Express stores) and TK Maxx (over 50 sites). Matt provides pre-acquisition advice and advice on planning and development strategy through to submission and negotiation of complex planning applications. He has extensive experience in instructing Counsel and appearing as Expert Witness at Inquiries.